Morality & Willie Stark How do you respond to the idea that Willie Stark should not be seen as immoral but instead should be seen as ex-moral, existing outside of conventional morality? Willie Stark does not adhere to the moral code which governs the rest of the characters in the novel. This is the most prominent and ethically questionable premise of Stark's greatness and it leads many readers to conclude that Willie Stark is, in fact, corrupt and immoral. A preferable conclusion is to see Stark as participating in a separate moral world where the ends (maybe) really do justify the means. Willie is following a vision which shields him from judgment in a way that is not simply conceit, but which is part of his power. Jack acknowledges this. Yet most readers do not.
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