Machiavelli 's The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

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“The Prince” has become the realist approach to politics. In the book “The Prince”, Niccolò Machiavelli impress upon the reader guidelines and tactics a prince needs to live by in order to be successful and obtain and maintain their thrones. Recurring topics prominent throughout the book is this idea of virtue, which means being manly, having the strength, intelligence, and wisdom of a ruler and fortune, being chance or luck. Machiavelli explains to the reader skills that a successful prince should possess. He referred to these skills as a virtue. Most people would concur that virtue is desirable behavior or qualities that display high moral standards, but Machiavelli 's approach to virtue is much more amoral. Machiavelli’s idea of virtue can be thought of as political virtue because it is a set of guidelines that instructed princes how to deal with what is now called today, politics, whereas the traditional definition of virtue is a set of moral rules. Machiavelli developed the notion that princes gain their principalities either through fortune or virtue. He also introduces the idea that fortune could be controlled through virtue. In “The Prince” Machiavelli gives multiple examples why having virtue play a key role in being a successful prince. Machiavelli first brings up this idea of virtue in chapter I stating that principles can be obtained through virtue or in other words skill. In later chapters, he goes on to explain what the “skill” is. It isn 't until chapter VI that he actually implies that virtue is more so skill than moral behavior. In fact, in this chapter he gives and example where men were able to be successful through political virtue but not what one would define as moral. He uses the example, Hiero ... ... middle of paper ... shows her power where there is no well-ordered virtue to resist her, and therefore turns her impetus towards where she knows no dikes and dams have been constructed to hold her in” (Machiavelli, 84). Being prepared for every and anything and being able to fight back against a force is what Machiavelli would consider a virtuous quality, having the skill to fight back. In conclusion , in “The Prince”, Machiavelli 's beliefs about virtue, fortune, and their relations to one another are very distinguished throughout the text. Machiavelli’s idea of virtue coming from more of a political perspective, instructing princes how to deal with what is known today as politics. Machiavelli also believed that a prince gained their principalities either through fortune or virtue. Virtue being the skills, intelligence, strength, and wisdom, that ultimately could control fortune.

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