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He is the observer-narrator through whose eyes the characters and their lives in the novel are viewed Thus the story of Willie Stark is related in his voice and the happenings in his life are seen through his eyes As he traces the career graph of the protagonist from a County Treasurer of the Mason City to the Governor of the State he shows glimpses of his own past and its relation to the present Jack Burden is a complex character but he remains passive His attitude to life and reactions to situations are often puzzling Only towards the end of the novel the readers can surmise the reason for his intriguing behavior However in the novel he presents himself as a shadow of Willie Stark from whose energy and vitality he derives sustenance He never acts but only reacts As a young man he lacks initiative and enthusiasm to pursue his goal in life Only after Anne questions him about his future he qualifies himself before taking up a job as a reporter of a newspaper He decides to write his doctoral thesis on Cass Mastern when his guide suggests that he do so After he gets employed by Willie Stark he does whatever his Boss asks him to do Thus he digs up the past of Judge Irwin at the insistence of the Boss Jack Burden acts like a puppet whose strings are pulled by those who influence him Jack Burden has a laid-back attitude to life He takes life as it comes He has no burning ambition to achieve results Thus as a student writing his doctoral thesis on Cass Mastern he abandons his research when he is almost on the point of finishing it He feels no urge to complete his work Also
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