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In the novel All the Kings Men Robert Penn Warren through his memorable character Jack Burden analyzes the relationship between action and consequences and their far-reaching effects Time a linear measurement differs much from its cousin history a record of the past whose hands touch the present and shape the future Ellis Burden departing from his wife and Jack Judge Irwin accepting a bribe from the American Electric Power Company and Jack digging for dirt on Judge Irwin all catalyze a chain of events that completely nullify Jacks consoling theory of the Great Twitch Jack in contrast to his former belief in the Great Twitch now believes that the world is like an enormous spider web 188 a simile which presents the idea that a web completely interconnects the whole world Jack then links this idea to the idea that if you touch it however lightly at any point the vibration ripples to the remotest perimeter 188 The actions of any person will traverse through the web of the world and have its presence felt everywhere The drowsy spider 188 a metaphor likening history to a semiconscious spider never fails in its duty to administer justice to catalyze the consequences when someone acts or brushes the web of things 189 When Ellis Burden the supposed father of Jack leaves Jack and Jacks mother after discovering the surreptitious love affair between Monty Irwin and Jacks mother Jack loses a father and a source of security and love and begins to try every way possible to garner his mothers love in a competition with her other husbands Ellis Burdens loss paralleled to Duncan Trices tragedy highlights a characteristic of man man runs and seeks escape when truth stares its merciless eyes upon man Because Ellis Burden left the family during Jacks youth attributed to what Jack perceives as a weakness in Ellis Burdens character Jack lives without a past and with a belief that his fathers weakness
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