Moral And Ethical Choices In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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In Niccolo Machiavelli 's book The Prince, is an series of advice given by Machiavelli himself to a prince. During the chapters of 14 to 19, Machiavelli unravels the ideas and qualities it takes to be a prince. In the following sections, he also explains the virtues and vices that might be required for a prince. This paper will analyze certain sections from the reading and how the traditional interpretation of Machiavelli which advises immoral choices and from a different standpoint showing other possible ways that Machiavelli 's advice would be a moral or ethical choice. The idea of understanding these advices is to help the readers understand what the prince needs to know and what choices he needs to make, whether moral or immoral. In chapter 14, Machiavelli believes that the study of war should be one of the prince 's main goal. In the reading Machiavelli states, "For among other evils which being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised..." (Chapter 14). With this being said Machiavelli advises that to gain loyalty from your own soldiers is to understand the art of war. The idea that a prince should only be thinking about the art of war seems to be morally right, since…show more content…
In chapter 14, he discusses that the only thing a prince should think about was the art of war. In chapter 16 he explains the virtues and vices on whether or not to be generous or cruel. Last in the chapter 19, he discusses that main topic throughout the reading, which was that it was important for a prince to not be hated by his people. The main interpretation that I agree with overall would have to be chapter 16, because Machiavelli makes an important statement. Although being generous is morally right, being mean can also serve its purpose in protecting the people. Machiavelli advices throughout the reading could have been ethical or unethical to anyone, because of the fact that everyone thinks
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