An Honest Man

“All the Kings Men” by Robert Penn Warren is so far an interesting novel that mainly follows the life of Willie Stark, a politician who is able to draw large crowds with little effort and with a large audience that follow him. He became more popular when a man exclaimed that he had voted against, an “Honest Man”. But Willie would be unable to do this without a little help from Jack Burden. He assists Stark by uncovering the flaws with his competition, which eventually may come up later in the story. However, as that as the story progresses, more flaws with corruption are revealed with Stark himself.

Before reading, I was curious on the meaning of the title and how it related to this story, since it did not immediately make sense after reading the first few chapters. After this research, it seems that the title is foreshadowing a catastrophic ending. The title is part of a line in “Humpty Dumpty”. When he fell, “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”. I predict that his supporters will eventually leave him after a negative event. The only way to find out is to keep reading!

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