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All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1947 It has stood the test of time and today is still considered to be one of the best books of all time The authors style use of figurative language and themes that hold true today all add to the books legacy For these reasons as well as many others All the Kings Men is deserving of the Pulitzer Prize Warren uses his own style to tell the story Jack Burden is both the narrator and central character of the book From his point of view the reader learns through his experiences The use of conversation shows the characters personality and attitude Without it being directly stated that Jack is well educated or Sadie is from the street anyone that reads the book could determine it by reading what the characters have to say Flashbacks are used frequently throughout the novel and at times there are flashbacks within flashbacks which can get a bit confusing The flashbacks are used to show that the past present and future affect each other like a web If you though it at any point the vibration ripples to the remotest perimeter Warrens form of presenting the story is unique and interesting Warrens experience as a poet is shown is his writing His writing style is very descriptive Imagery is used to express the characters feelings and emotions as well as appeal to the readers senses At one point of the novel Jack goes back to California He describes the scenery and the people of countryside by the end of the section I felt as though I was a passenger on the trip Similes and metaphors are used sparingly throughout the novel but The world is like an enormous spider web is an example of a simile of importance Warrens use of figurative language is another reason All the Kings Men won the Pulitzer Prize
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