All The King's Men

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Theodore, or “The Young Executive” Character Analysis

Jack’s mother’s most recent husband, Theodore, the “Young Executive,” is not much older than Jack himself, and Jack knows that his mother will be married to him for only so long—he is quiet and largely submissive to her wishes. Jack’s mother later leaves the Young Executive and moves to Reno, leaving her house in Burden’s Landing to Theodore by way of apology for abandoning him.
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Theodore, or “The Young Executive” Character Timeline in All The King's Men

The timeline below shows where the character Theodore, or “The Young Executive” appears in All The King's Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...woman. Mrs. Burden has been married once again, this time to a young banker (named Theodore, and referred to by Jack as the Young Executive) not much older than Jack himself. (full context)
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Theodore enters, and Burden is superficially polite though curt with him. As Jack speaks to his... (full context)
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Then came the Young Executive , a man who is nice, docile, barely out of his thirties, and in general... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Jack returns to Burden’s Landing, and to his mother’s house—she is on vacation with Theodore, and so Jack has the house to himself. He begins thinking, after the commotion regarding... (full context)
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...When he arrives at his mother’s house, he finds out that his mother is leaving Theodore, whom she says she could not love anymore—she says to Jack, cryptically, that she believed... (full context)