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Machiavelli: The Power of Fear

- Niccolo Machiavelli stressed that “one ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved…for love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.” He felt that a true leader must be cunning and deceptive, winning the hearts of his people through power and influence. If he could not be liked, he could at least get by knowing he has intimidated these below him into submission....   [tags: Essays on Machiavelli]

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Machiavelli’s Views on Government

- At first glance Machiavelli’s writings could be mistaken for evil and satanic beliefs, but in reality there are many good underlying points as to how to rule a nation. I believe that the New Yorker’s description of Machiavelli is the best example of his life and beliefs, because it not only touches upon the high points, but the low points of beliefs as well. The New Yorker goes into great detail about how Machiavelli came up from a mid level family to achieve a role as a government official/ “ambassador” just to be thrown in prison after years of trying to stabilize and unify an unstable country through means of war and fear....   [tags: Machiavelli, government, ]

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Machiavelli and Obama: The Benefits of NOT Keeping a Promise

- In chapter eighteen of The Prince, Machiavelli tells the reader how to be successful and when not to keep your word. It is seen through out history that people of power constantly renege on their promises. This philosophy can be connected to our most prominent political figure of this modern day: President Obama. In this chapter, Machiavelli has two major premises: the nature of man, and the nature of fighting. After explaining the natures of both man and fighting, Machiavelli makes the argument that it is better to be a fox (thus successful) and gives a basic outline on how to be one....   [tags: The Prince, Machiavelli ]

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Machiavelli his life and times

- What is white, Italian, starts with a ‘M’, and is hated all over. No, it’s not mozzarella cheese it is Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was a Florentine chancellor and a well known philosopher. He is notoriously known for being amoral and his entire collection of works was on the Papal Index (Machiavelli’s The Prince). Though he lived during the 1400’s his works are still being read, analyzed, scrutinized, and, in the case of modern politicians, used as a blueprint in how to run a nation. Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 to Bernardo di Niccolo and Bartolomea Nelli (Machiavelli Pg....   [tags: Philosophy, Machiavelli, The Prince]

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Morality: Comparing Hobbes and Machiavelli

- One of the main premises of Leviathan and The Prince is morality. Where morality comes from, how it affects people under a political structure and how human nature contributes or doesn’t to morality. Hobbes and Machiavelli differ widely on each subject. Machiavelli’s views on morality, based upon a literal interpretation of the satire The Prince, is very much a practical and realistic approach to the nature of morality and human nature. Hobbes’ views, based in Leviathan, are of a more idealistic nature, and my views are a little in between the two....   [tags: Hobbes vs Machiavelli]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince: Examples of Machiavellian Leaders

- Arguably, the most Machiavellian leader to ever exist would be Joseph Stalin. He abided by three major Machiavellian methods that were stated in the Prince: the ends justifies the means, crush any opposition, and displaying a false character. Stalin had a plan for Russia and did everything in his power to achieve that plan. He wanted to transform Russia into a industrial superpower, a military superpower, and a political superpower. To achieve his goals he committed many horrible crimes against humanity....   [tags: Machiavelli, The Prince]

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Machiavelli's The Prince and its Role in Politics in the Renaissance

- In the time of Renaissance, which has been characterized by the age of reawakening of humanism. The prince plays one of the most important role in the dramatic developing of political in the Renaissance period and still hold an universal impact on today's politicians. However its views points has been debating over time. Machiavelli maintain the thoughts which is the essential for the cruel to a successful leader. To those of view points according to Machiavelli's thoughts are the arguments that a prince is to be clement or cruel, to be feared or loved....   [tags: Machiavelli, Prince, ]

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Machiavelli's The Prince

- The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian statesman and author and prominent figure of the Renaissance, was born on May 3rd, 1469. His father was Bernardo di Niccoli, who belonged to an impoverished part of an old Florentine family, and there is little recorded about his youth. It was in the independent city-state of Florence that he began an active career as a politician as a young man, becoming part of important diplomatic missions throughout Europe. He met with some of the most famous figures of his time and all history, such as Pope Alexander IV, and his son Cesare Borgia, as well as King Louis VII of France and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince

- Ethics in Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian statesman and political philosopher. He was employed on diplomatic missions as defence secretary of the Florentine republic, and was tortured when the Medici returned to power in 1512. When he retired from public life he wrote his most famous work, The Prince (1532), which describes the means by which a leader may gain and maintain power. The Prince has had a long and chequered history and the number of controversies that it has generated is indeed surprising....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]

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Reaction to Machiavelli's The Prince

- Machiavelli illustrates several key points in what it takes to be a "successful" Prince. In chapters 5-10, Machiavelli is giving us a true image of the coldhearted reputation he has carried throughout the years. He explains his ideas on taking over a "free" state or republic and how to conquer and rule with the peoples loyalty and respect. Machiavelli argues in chapter 5 that the key to taking over a free state is initially to destroy it. By destroying the city, Machiavelli believes that the citizens will have no choice but to follow the direction of the new prince....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Machiavelli The Prince Review

- The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli isn't about one man's ways to feed his power hungry mindset through gluttony, nor is it just explaining altercations between a nation's states. This writing is regarding to how one's self-confidence can make them become powerful in a society and also, the way morals and politics differ and can be separate in a government. Originally, Machiavelli wrote The Prince to gain support from Lorenzo de' Medici, who during the era, was governor of Florence. As meant as writing for how a society should be run, this book has been read by many peoples around the world who want to have better knowledge of the perfect stability of beliefs and politics required to run a goo...   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli]

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The Morals of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- The Morals of a Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Throughout the years many rulers and princes have strived to be the best. The book some believe set the standards for a prince is Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Morals of a Prince." Machiavelli states "Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity" proving that he believes it vital for a prince to know wrong in order to thrive and flourish (Machiavelli 331). Machiavelli undoubtedly has key points that reveal his feelings about being a successful, wrong prince....   [tags: The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli]

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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature

- Niccolo Machiavelli was a political philosopher from Florence Italy. He lived during the Italian Renaissance from May 1469 to 1527. This period in time that Machiavelli lived was the "rebirth" of art in Italy and rediscovery of ancient philosophy, literature and science. Machiavelli’s philosophy about the nature of man is that man possesses both good and bad qualities, but will lean towards his own self-interests when all things are equal: thus man is a fickle creature. Machiavelli’s view of human nature influences his view of government....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]

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Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature

- Machiavelli’s View of Human Nature Simple versions of Machiavelli’s conception of human nature may readily be elicited from The Prince. It is easy to find textual support for claims that appear to presuppose or be equivalent to some version of psychological egoism. He says, for example, that “men in general … are ungrateful, voluble, dissemblers, anxious to avoid danger, and covetous of gain; as long as you benefit them, they are entirely yours,” but their “love is held by a chain of obligation which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose.” (Prince, xvii, p....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince]

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The Powerful Truth of Machiavelli's The Prince

- The Powerful Truth of The Prince    Before 1513 conventional thought defined a ruler as a man who used generosity, truth and justice to govern his kingdom. Machiavelli saw the conventional thought of the time as a fantasy and only applicable in a utopian society. His work The Prince shatters all previous political thought by stating that a ruler must not only use the traditionally accepted means of maintaining power but also be able to use brute force, deceit and even cruelty as the situation requires....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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The Power of Machiavelli’s The Prince

- The Power of Machiavelli’s The Prince Nowadays, it is politically impossible to commit to paper a “training guide” for leaders. There are innumerable detractors to any possible stance or strategy a leader might adopt. As a result of this, all “training” must take place behind closed doors, far from the prying eyes and ears of the news media or the public. But this has not always been the case. Niccolò Machiavelli was brave enough to give the leaders of his day a how-to guide. In this work, The Qualities of a Prince, we are given a point-by-point description of what a leader should do to effectively lead his country....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Machiavelli and Rousseau's Views on Human Nature and Government

- Machiavelli and Rousseau, both significant philosophers, had distinctive views on human nature and the relationship between the government and the governed. Their ideas were radical at the time and remain influential in government today. Their views on human nature and government had some common points and some ideas that differed. Machiavelli’s views were drastically different from other humanists at his time. He strongly promoted a secular society and felt morality was not necessary but stood in the way of a successfully governed state....   [tags: Machiavelli, Rousseau, Human Nature, Government, p]

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Comparing Machiavelli and Hobbes

- Machiavelli and Hobbes To be successful, one must have the appearance of virtuousness, but not necessarily be virtuous. At least, this appears to be true according to Niccolo Machiavelli's works. Machiavelli's idea of the virtuous republican citizen may be compared to Hobbes' idea of a person who properly understands the nature and basis of sovereign political power. Hobbes' ideas seem to suggest that most anyone can claim rightful authority as there is a belief in God, and one can under Hobbes, claim legitimate authority rather easily....   [tags: Machiavelli vs Hobbes]

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Free College Essays - Machiavelli’s Politics in The Prince

- The Prince - Machiavelli’s Italian Politics The Prince was one of the first humanist works of the Renaissance. Indeed it is a work of art, a literary masterpiece of sorts. Yet this work has been vehemently debated over the centuries and remains one of the most controversial pieces of writing today. Although many critics consider The Prince a satire, simply an attempt to reveal the problems with the ruling class, most see Machiavelli’s work as a serious attempt to lay the groundwork for the reunification of Italy under the Medici family of Florence....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince]

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A Man For All Season And Machiavelli's Doctrine: Reiteration Of History

- A Man For All Seasons, a play written by Robert Bolt, in essence is both a moral play and a historical play. Sir Thomas More, a "man of the greatest virtue this kingdom has ever produced" (Dean Swift), is famous for choosing to suffer death rather than swearing to an oath that would counter his principles. Sir More had acquired a high position of Lord Chancellery under the reign of King Henry VIII, but stepped down since he could not do what the king had asked of him since this action would conflict with his beliefs and conscience....   [tags: Machiavelli History]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince and The Discourses

-      Niccolò Machiavelli thoroughly discusses the importance of religion in the formation and maintenance of political authority in his famous works, The Prince and The Discourses. In his writing on religion, he states that religion is beneficiary in the formation of political authority and political leaders must support and endorse religion in order to maintain power. However, Machiavelli also critiques corrupt religious institutions that become involved in politics and in turn, cause corruption in the citizenry and divisions among the state....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Religion Religious Essays]

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How Princes Should Honor their Word: "The Prince” by Niccolo` Machiavelli

- In this book “The Prince” written by Niccolo` Machiavelli attempts to persuade the readers how princes should act in order to keep their thrones, or how to capture a throne and uphold it. He also illustrates to us how by not following this system can lead to death or becoming overthrown. I was amazed at how well his compositional skills were and in my attempt to show you how skillful of a writer and persuader he is we will look at chapter XVIII. By introducing the chapter with politics, coming up with clear and logical main points, and laying out all possibilities and consequences of those points I believed that this chapter made a very impressive persuasive argument....   [tags: Prince, Niccolo` Machiavelli, government, monarchy]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince and the Modern Executive

- The Prince and the Modern Executive     Few question The Prince’s place in the canon of western literature. That it marks a turning point in our collective history, the origin of the study of politics as a science (Pollock 43), is alone enough to warrant its classification as a "Great Book. Its author, Niccolo Machiavelli, a contemporary of Copernicus, is generally accepted as an early contributor to the scientific revolution, because he looked at power and the nature of sovereignty through the eyes of a scientist, focused completely on the goal without regard for religion and morals and ethics....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince

- Prince Hamlet Versus Machiavelli's Prince           The Prince is a celebrated and highly controversial piece of work by the Italian aristocrat Niccolo Machiavelli. His work is a summation of all the qualities a prince must have in order to remain in his position. Machiavelli supports the idea that a prince use his power for the ultimate benefit of all, but he also does not condemn the use of any unpleasant means in order for the prince to maintain his power. His ideas both compare and contrast to the methods used by Prince Hamlet of Denmark in Shakespeare's Hamlet....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Shakespeare]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli lived in Florence, Italy in the 1400’s. The country of Italy was divided into city-states that had their own leaders, but all pledged alliance to their king. In time in which great leaders were needed in order to help the development of a city-state and country, Machiavelli had a theory that man needed a leader to control them. In his book The Prince, he speaks of the perfect leader. I believe that man, by nature, is neither good nor evil. When a child comes out of its mother, one cannot tell whether or not that child will be a serial killer or win the Nobel Peace prize....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Comparing Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli

- Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli Two of the greatest philosophers of all time are Thomas Hobbes and Niccolo Machiavelli. Hobbes was born in 1588 in England, when absolutism was taking hold in Europe. His most famous work was 'Leviathan', written in 1651. Hobbes discussed the ideal state and innate laws of man and nature, among other things. Machiavelli was born in Italy in 1469, a time when his home country was ruled mostly by foreign powers. His hometown, Florence, was still independent....   [tags: Compare Contrast Hobbes Machiavelli Essays]

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Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli

- Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli Thomas More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince both concern themselves with the fundamental issues of how a society works and maintains itself. The goals behind the two works, however, differ considerably. The goal of Utopia is to illustrate the maintenance of an “ideal” society and the goal of The Prince is to instruct a prince, or ruler, on how to maintain his state. On the surface these two goals may seem similar but the difference lies in the way the authors handle the subject of power....   [tags: More Utopia Prince Machiavelli Essays]

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Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature

- Machiavelli's The Prince: Politics, War, and Human Nature "[I]t is necessary for a prince to know well how to use the beast and the man." (Machiavelli, The Prince, p. 69[1]). In this swift blow, Niccolò Machiavelli seems to strike down many visions of morality put up on pedestals by thinkers before his time. He doesn't turn to God or to some sort of common good for his political morality. Instead, he turns to the individual?more specifically, self-preservation in a position of power....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays Papers]

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Machiavelli’s The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook

- The Prince as a Modern Political Guidebook     "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."      (Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 111.1.31) Kingship and leadership is a human concept.  Contraptions and  fiction invented by human beings that hold the fabric of  society together.  It is the job of the leader to make the fiction work for the good of all.  The quote above evokes the overall feeling about kingship held by both Prince Hal and his father in Shakespeare's Henry plays.  Being a leader is perhaps the most difficult position one can ever attain.  And in the same vein that King Henry IV says this above line, so does his son King Henry V offer this lament:    The slave, a member of th...   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Relevance of Machiavelli’s The Princeto Today's World

- The Relevance of The Prince to Today's World The only way it was possible to get ahead was to be part of the inner circle.  It didn't really matter what the issue was or what sort of implications it carried.  All that mattered was knowing the right person, having the right information, making the right introductions, and going to the right parties.  The most valuable information was not necessarily something you knew about an enemy but something you knew about a friend.  Staff and "advisors" were, in many ways, far more powerful than the aristocrat holding office....   [tags: Machiavelli The Prince Essays]

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Separating Political Conduct and Personal Morality in Niccolò Machiavelli's, The Prince

- Separating Political Conduct and Personal Morality in Niccolò Machiavelli's, The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli wrote, in his novel The Prince, that strong central political leadership was more important than anything else, including religion and moral behavior. Machiavelli, writing during a period of dramatic change known as the Italian Renaissance, displayed attitudes towards many issues, mostly political, which supported his belief that strong government was the most important element in society....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays Papers]

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Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More

- Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More It is difficult to determine Niccolo Machiavelli?s and Thomas More?s view on human?s nature. Each took a different approach to the topic. Through Utopia, Thomas More attempted to change man?s thinking by creating an ideological society. Niccolo Machiavelli, through The Prince, attempted to teach man how to deal with human nature. With this in mind, Machiavelli?s concept is much more realistic than More?s; therefore Machiavelli better represents human nature....   [tags: Papers More Machiavelli Prince Utopia Essays]

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The Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli

- “The Tao-te Ching” by Lao-Tzu and “The Prince” by Machiavelli Throughout history, it can be argued that at the core of the majority of successful societies has stood an effective allocation of leadership. Accordingly, in their respective works “The Tao-te Ching” and “The Prince”, Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli have sought to reach a more complete understanding of this relationship. The theme of political leaders and their intricate relationship with society indeed manifests itself within both texts, however, both Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli approach this issue from almost entirely opposite positions....   [tags: Tao-te Ching Lao-Tzu The Prince Machiavelli]

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Analysis Of Machiavelli 's ' Machiavelli '

- To Machiavelli, Virtue is basically one’s ability to bring chaos under his control. Virtue is the skillfulness that leads up to how well one can run his kingdom. It is the way that one uses virtues such as honesty and generosity to rule his kingdom and how he plans to maintain the power as a prince. Fortune, as Machiavelli described in the text, is basically chance or luck; the chance of an event being in your favor or against. For the most part, Machiavelli isn’t an advocate for leaving everything to chance....   [tags: Virtue, Political philosophy, Cesare Borgia]

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Analysis Of Machiavelli 's ' Machiavelli '

- In chapter 13, Machiavelli speaks of how a prince should try and refrain from using auxiliary forces in order to invade or defend a land. He reasons that since they are not the prince’s forces, that the fight whether won or lost leaves him with an unfavorable scenario. By winning the war/fight or whatever it may be, he is still in debt to the one who is the true ruler of the forces. If the prince loses the fight, then he would be captured or left without any defenses. Machiavelli goes further in detail to mention various historical events that ended up going awry because of reliance on auxiliary forces....   [tags: Police, Constable, Police officer, Riot]

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Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex

- Validity of Names in Machiavelli’s Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex   People often drop names to assure the achievement of whatever goal it is they are trying to achieve. This tactic works especially well in business, but it can also work in argument. Names of influential people have influential affects. “I know Don Corleone,” would certainly have gotten nearly anything done in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. Both Simone de Beauvoir and Niccolò Machiavelli used the names of well-known people to add a sense of importance and truth to what it was they were saying....   [tags: Machiavelli Prince Essays]

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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince examines the nature of power and his views of power are still somewhat in existence today. I'll discuss this in this essay, emphasizing the following theses. Machiavelli discusses power over the people, dictatorial power, and power with people, shared power. While it is possible for power with to attain greater prevalence in society, it will not completely eliminate power over. In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses two distinct groups of people, the political elite, including nobles and other princes, and the general public....   [tags: Machiaveli Prince Power Essays]

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Machiavelli 's The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- “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....   [tags: Virtue, Morality, Prince, Political philosophy]

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Machiavelli 's The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- 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....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, The Prince]

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Analysis Of Machiavelli 's ' The Great Machiavelli '

- Throughout Machiavelli’s novel, we encounter several specific instances in which the author gives explicit advice to would be or currently serving princes and rulers of nations. Much of this advice can be easily translated to world leaders in the present day, including the President of the United States. However, some of the advice that Machiavelli gives out are things that often times don’t apply to current world leaders. As I explore the novel, I can’t help but imagine several real life politicians using some of the methods of ruling discussed by Machiavelli, with the true of definition of Machiavellianism being “the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct...   [tags: Richard Nixon, Watergate scandal]

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The Prince by Machiavelli

- Possibly the most controversial book ever written, The Prince by Machiavelli, focuses on how a Prince or leader should rule. Many of the techniques that are stated in the text have caused many debates ever since it’s publication. When Machiavelli composed the Prince, his contemporaries were shocked at the ideas and themes presented. The Prince introduced a whole new way of thinking that was almost completely contrary to present beliefs. For that reason, in 1559 the Pope banned the printing of the Prince and the rest of Machiavelli’s writings....   [tags: Controversy, Banned, Ruler]

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The Prince, by Machiavelli

- “It is much safer to be feared than loved.” This quotation was just a specimen of the harsh and very practical political annotation of the legendary historian, Niccolò Machiavelli – philosopher, patriot, diplomat, advisor and statesman. He was born as the son of a poor lawyer in 1498, but he never let boundaries restrict him. He still received an excellent humanist education from the University of Florence and was soon after appointed as the Second Chancellor of the Republic of Florence.2 His political importance to Florence would soon give him the opportunity to write what is disputed as one of the most significant works in history, The Prince....   [tags: The Prince]

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The Prince by Machiavelli

- Machiavelli’s the Prince is a 16th-century extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. While many are cynical of Machiavelli’s intention when writing The Prince, the works of earlier writers seem to indicate that his piece was indeed a reflection on how a ruler ought to govern. The dedication declares Machiavelli's intention to discuss in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. He states that he does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family and offers it as a “some token of his devotion.” (Skinner) Italy was struggling with its limits on power and Machiavelli responded accordingly....   [tags: mantaining political power]

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The Prince, By Machiavelli

- Six dominant leaders stand out in the history of World War II. First, the 3 most prevalent of the Allied Party: Franklin D. Roosevelt of the U.S.A, Winston Churchill of the U.K, and Joseph Stalin of the U.S.S.R. On the other side of the war were the Axis Powers: Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany, Emperor Hirohito of Japan, and Benito Mussolini of Italy. Of these leaders, only the smartest led their alliance to victory, and plenty of reasons justified their actions. In “The Prince”, Machiavelli outlines certain character traits and other qualities such as ruthlessness, generosity, and ability to be feared or loved....   [tags: World War II, Soviet Union, Franklin D. Roosevelt]

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The Prince by Machiavelli

- Living in a tumultuous era, filled with political and religious conflicts, warring city-states, and a continent ruled by a government who used the church to control and conquer, an exiled Machiavelli wrote the book The Prince to give politicians a basis on how to rule a nation and as a way to continue to make a statement in Florence’s politics. The book itself was unlike the regular “mirrors for princes”, in a sense that instead of telling the prince how to be morally sound it told him how to be effective as a ruler....   [tags: Novel Analysis, Russia, Stalin]

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Is Machiavelli Machiavellian?

- Throughout history, The Prince has been considered one of the greatest guides to political wheelings and dealings. But, it wasn’t always like that, one could almost liken it to the modern day Wikileaks. It was a book that was part political satire and part exposé on how the people’s princes did their thing. The Prince also sparked the creation of the word machiavellian, an adjective that means cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one’s career. The question is, does Machiavelli actually deserve the term his writing has garnered him....   [tags: The Prince, Leadership, Politics]

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The Machiavellian Analysis of Politics

- Written around 1513, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is arguably one of the most famous treatises on politics in history. Dedicated to Lorenzo de ’Medici, ruler of Florence at the time, The Prince was not published until five years after Machiavelli’s death in 1532. It contains Machiavelli’s well-known analysis of politics: all politics is characteristically defined as the struggle of acquiring and maintaining power. Within his analysis, Machiavelli (1513) writes “One who adapts his policy to the times prospers” (p....   [tags: The Prince, Machiavelli]

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Machiavelli and Gandhi

- Ahimsa is a concept that was practiced by political and ideological leader Mohandas Gandhi; a concept that he used to promote the use of non-violent tactics and passive resistance against colonial rule in India. Mohandas Gandhi used Ahimsa as the means to an end and therefore, ultimately rejected Machiavelli's advice on the qualities a prince must possess to retain his title. Machiavelli advises that the leaders have military experience and, “In peace time he must train himself more than in times of war....   [tags: Compare Contrast, Comparison]

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The Life and Works of Niccolo Machiavelli

- Niccoló Machiavelli is perhaps the greatest political thinker in history. He was a historian, musician, a poet, and he wrote comedies. He liked poetry as much as he liked philosophy. Machiavelli wrote and collected poems. His works, which are inspired by his life experiences, have been read by many of the worlds greatest politicians. Niccoló Machiavelli’s writing was influenced by the Medici family, the Soderini government in Italy, and his own diplomatic career. His great work, The Prince, is legendary for its impact in politics and its controversial proposals....   [tags: biography]

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Machiavelli : The Qualities Of The Prince

- 1. There is a sufficient argument that Machiavelli advises leaders to be unscrupulous in The Qualities of the Prince. This is especially arguable when reading Machiavelli’s explanation for why it is better to be feared or to be loved. He claims that cruelty is permissible when it is necessary to maintain order. Machiavelli believes that compassion and mercy have led to the fall of many leaders in the past. He also emphasizes the effectiveness as manipulation. After discussing the necessity for a leader to use force as with animal nature, Machiavelli writes, “…it is necessary to know how to disguise this nature well and to be a great hypocrite and a liar.” When his instructions are riddled w...   [tags: United States]

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Machiavelli 's Judgement Of The People

- Machiavelli’s Judgement of the People “Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil” (Veronica Roth). Machiavelli is providing all of his knowledge that is useful for aspiring or current rulers. The information is also helpful to understand how Machiavelli was truly thinking during his time in power. He has experienced many things that have persuaded him to think the way he does. He has a specific mindset when it comes to certain ideals....   [tags: Political philosophy, Prince, The Prince]

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The Commitments of Machiavelli's Scholar

- Plato and Aristotle's worries in The Republic and Politics was understanding virtue and justice, and figuring out who was best fit to lead. In both cases, Plato and Aristotle were worried about the political community on the loose, and about how morals and politics met. Nicolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke question this suspicion to some degree, and relate their own particular worries about great government, request, and human nature. This exposition will differentiate the works of Machiavelli, concerning his understanding of government....   [tags: plato, aristotle, government, philosophy]

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Machiavelli 's View Of The Prince

- Machiavelli believes a prince should know how to be a fox. A fox has been known to be deceptive, sly, cunning, sneaky, crafty, and many other adjectives. These are attributes that Machiavelli believes that a good prince would hold within himself to be able to rule, and in addition to, keeping his reigning power. Machiavelli explains within the text of, The Prince, that rulers have to seem as if they have the best intentions for the people, but secretly the highest priority is to keep himself in power and to protect his dominion....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Prince, Principality]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was born May 3, 1469. He was an Italian writer, politician, and philosopher who’s considered very influential in modern political science. He was secretary of the Second Chancery in the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici, with help from Pope Julius II used Spanish troops to defeat the Florentines. After the Medici took power, they accused Machiavelli of conspiracy against them and soon after he was captured and tortured. The next month after his imprisonment, Pope Julius II died, and Machiavelli obtained amnesty and got sent into house arrest where he wrote many books including his masterpiece The Prince....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, Evil]

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The Making Of Machiavelli 's The Prince

- The Making of Machiavelli 's The Prince Many different parts that are incorporated into the making of The Prince. Form, tone and rhetoric effect have a strong influence on how the audience will receive the piece of literature. These are just three of the circumstances needed to determine the linguistic structure of The Prince. The form is explained by how Machiavelli presents himself to the audience. Tone will be performed in the way the process is completed. Rhetoric affect will be found in the order and arrangement in which he presents himself....   [tags: Regulatory Focus Theory, Persuasion, The Prince]

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Commentary on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

- Relatively little is known for certain about Niccolò Machiavelli's early life in comparison with many important figures of the Italian Renaissance. Machiavelli was born May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. He attended the University of Florence; even a quick glance at his works reveals that he received an excellent humanist education, as his speech and opinions are highly intelligent, well read, and as far as the reader can tell, correct. For years after graduating, Machiavelli passionately engaged in diplomatic activity for Florence, traveling to the major points in Italy as well as to the royal magistrates of France and to the imperial Vatican court....   [tags: Italy, Renaissance, Politics]

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Virtue And Fortune In Prince

- VIRTUE AND FORTUNE OF A PRINCE The Prince, written by Machiavelli is concerned with the issues politics, ruling a state and how a ruler or a leader should be. The key properties of a ruler are represented by Machiavelli in details and the inner and outer effects of the success in ruling are mentioned. One of the most important topics in The Prince is about the relationship of skillfulness (virtù) of the ruler and his good or bad chance (fortune) and their effects on gaining and keeping the power....   [tags: Machiavelli]

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Niccolò Machiavelli's Acquisition of Power

- Niccolò Machiavelli is representative of Renaissance thinkers in his perception of government. No longer was government seen as an institution granted by God but rather governments were largely becoming arrangements or contracts between those that govern and the governed. Thinkers from Aristotle to Francis Bacon would expound on this idea of a social contract, but none would exemplify the realism and ruthlessness of modern politics like Machiavelli. While the word Machiavellian has become part of our lexicon as a term for the ruthless execution of political will glorifying the “ends justify the means” mentality, Machiavelli’s true legacy should be found in his belief that the state was more...   [tags: european history]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli born in May 3th, 1469. He was an Italian writer, politician, and philosopher who’s consider very influential in modern political science. He was secretary of the Second Chancery in the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, when the Medici, with help from Pope Julius II used Spanish troops to defeat the Florentines. After the Medici took power, they accused Machiavelli of conspiracy against them and soon after he was captured and torture. The next month after his imprisonment, Pope Julius II dies and Machiavelli obtained amnesty, and got send into house arrest where he wrote his masterpiece the Prince....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, Evil]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli in 1513, addresses Lorenzo de Medici who was the ruler of Florence. Throughout the book, Machiavelli offers Lorenzo political wisdom on how to become a great prince and how he should go about achieving this greatness. As he does this, Machiavelli proceeds to list the different types of principalities and the modes in which they are acquired. He states that a great prince is one that "establishes new modes and orders" and gives Lorenzo examples of rulers that he should imitate and ones that he should avoid (Machiavelli, 23)....   [tags: Cesare Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, Florence]

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Commentary of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- In chapter 17 of The Prince, On Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved Than to be Feared or the Contrary, Machiavelli continues his discussion of virtues that the modern reader might not consider as virtues. He considers mercy and cruelty as with generosity and ungenerosity. Machiavelli’s dark view of human nature is displayed in this chapter – a warning about those who tell you they love you in good times but desert you in bad times. He talks about how a prince should rather be feared than loved, if he cannot manage to be both loved and feared, but never hated....   [tags: mercy and cruelty]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccolo Machiavelli was a fifteenth century diplomat and historian. Born in Florence in 1469, he lived during a turbulent time in Italy’s history when the division and rivalry between city-states made Italy vulnerable to external powers such as France and Spain. Although he created many other works such as plays and poems, his most famous work is perhaps The Prince. Machiavelli is primarily remembered for his political works and is known as the father of modern political thinking (Monte, 2013; Wilcox, 1975)....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, Virtue]

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Analysis Of Machiavelli 's The Prince

- One of the most difficult things about being human is learning to live in a way that simultaneously benefits ourselves and others. Often, personal conflicts of interest cause us to make decisions that advance our own wellbeing to the detriment of those around us. Since childhood, parents and teachers have encouraged us to live selflessly. This is apparent in the commonly used phrase, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” But is it necessary to always put others’ best interests before our own....   [tags: Virtue, Political philosophy, Ethics, Morality]

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Liberty and Corruption through Machiavelli

- Liberty and Corruption through Machiavelli To be “Machiavellian” is typically understood to mean clever or dishonest; generally unlikable traits in a general member of society. When asked to evaluate the current state of affairs in America today and look for the conceptions of liberty and corruption, the most accurate answer to this evaluation is through history. Looking at America and taking the previously studied writings of Machiavelli, is there any hope for the liberty America prides itself on or at least is there any way to stave off corruption....   [tags: American society, culture, jurisdiction, autonomy]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Maintaining any relationship can be complicated, especially a relationship between a ruler and residents and especially when the advice is that you should oppress your people just enough to be able to control them, but not enough so they want to kill you. In his work The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli explores the complex relationship between a ruler and his people, but ultimately comes to the conclusion that the people, because they are crucial to the well being of the country, are to be manipulated in order for a country to thrive....   [tags: Oppression, Intersectionality, If You Have to Ask]

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Machiavelli 's ' The Prince '

- Machiavelli’s, “The Prince” marks the turning point in history, the origin of the study of politics and critical thinking. The Prince, is a handbook or an instruction manual for all rulers to use and to successfully rule a kingdom or state. Machiavelli wrote this during a time where modern day Italy was not unified. It was divided into small republics or kingdoms, which were constantly at war with each other. These republics were either in control of the church or rich families. Machiavelli originally wrote ‘The Prince” for Lorenzo Di Piero De Medici” of the Medici family that ruled Florence at the time....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, The Prince]

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Niccolo Machiavelli 's The Prince

- Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political thinker and historical figure best remembered for his masterpiece, The Prince (written in 1513, but published posthumously in 1532). Machiavelli is considered one of the great early analyzers of political power. As a thinker Machiavelli belonged to an entire school of Florentine intellectuals concerned with an examination of political and historical problems. His important writings were composed after 1512 when he was accused of conspiracy in 1513....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy, House of Medici]

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Machiavelli 's ' The Prince '

- SaDale Richards POLS 1102 Machiavelli Essay The person that closely embodied Machiavelli’s “The Prince” was Adolf Hitler. There is more to Adolf Hitler than everyone usually knows. Besides from being one of the most hated people in the history of the world, he had the characteristics of a good leader. The correlation between him, and Machiavelli’s perspective on what a good prince/leader is supposed to be is extremely similar. It is as if Hitler Studied “The Prince” before he began to pursue his rule over Germany....   [tags: Germany, Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler]

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Comparing and Contrasting Mirandolla and Machiavelli

- This compare and contrast essay will focus on the views of leadership between Mirandolla and Machiavelli. Mirandolla believes that leadership should not be false and that it should follow the rule of reason. He believes that leaders should strive for the heavens and beyond. On the other hand, Machiavelli believed that leadership comes to those who are crafty and forceful. He believed that leaders do not need to be merciful, humane, faithful or religious; they only need to pretend to have all these qualities....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Machiavelli 's Qualities Of The Prince

- Machiavelli Would you rather be feared or loved in a position of authority. According to Machiavelli it is "much safer to be feared than to be loved’. Machiavelli was an Italian historian amongst many other things during the late 15th century. He wrote about political topics which have made their way into current times and are still relatable topics and pieces of advice. The pieces Machiavelli wrote can be considered as very influential works. In specific the topics brought up in the “Qualities of the Prince” can still to this day be translated and interpreted and applied to life today....   [tags: President of the United States, President]

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Lao Tzu And Niccolo Machiavelli

- Throughout the centuries, this world has maintained various leaders that have ruled far and wide, or a small domain. All of which had various roles, morals, goals, etc.; some infamous, some admired, and some truly despised. There is a vast amount of written works pertaining to become a great leader. Lao-Tzu and Niccoló Machiavelli are prime examples of people who have written works about the topic, yet their views and ideas differ greatly. Yet, despite their opposite views, their intake and thoughts about leadership, both Lao-Tzu and Machiavelli’s indulge logically and carefully on a more personal and human level....   [tags: Leadership, Management, Fiedler contingency model]

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Niccolo Machiavelli And Thomas Hobbes

- Niccolo Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes are two men that have contributed to political science and philosophy, over the course of their history, each contributed ideas that are still relevant today. Machiavelli’s considered as one of the founders of modern political science for his realistic views in The Prince, which was wrote for aspiring leaders. His ideology is that in order to be successful, you have to be willing to get your hands dirty, and be willing to use your own people to do so/if need be....   [tags: Political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes]

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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- Machiavelli’s The Prince has been widely interpreted as representative of political behavior that is violent and deceitful. As such, the term Machiavellian has to come to be associated with deviousness, ruthlessness, and power politics. The issue of whether or not Machiavelli can be considered a Machiavellian himself is difficult to resolve because of the complexity of the arguments he puts forth in both The Prince and Discourses. While the claims made in the former are more focused on the individual, namely the “prince,” those posited in the latter describe phenomena on a broader spectrum, having to do with human nature and society at large....   [tags: sociopolitical analysis]

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Machiavelli and War on Terror

- In both The Prince and The Discourses, Machiavelli presents very specific advice on how a ruler can maintain stability and control over his newly acquired state. Machiavelli lived in a time when a ruler could come to possess another kingdom through the simple act of war. Yet, in our modernity, a ruler cannot simply declare war and occupy a territory. He must also face repercussions from the other world powers that are in existence today. Our time has evolved and a ruler now has to take into consideration the opinions of other world powers along with the opinion of other global organizations such as NATO and the United Nations....   [tags: U.S. Military]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- The Prince is a piece of literature written during the great Italian Renaissance. It was written during a time of Italian flourishment all many aspects of society including art, literature, science, and even religion. In his twenty-six chapter guide The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli discusses the ways in which he believes a leader should rule his country. It also describes how to gain and then maintain political power. To do this, he uses very straightforward and direct phrases and logic, which makes it easily understandable to the reader....   [tags: Florence, Political philosophy]

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Plato, Machiavelli, And Lao Tzu

- “Goodness” in government Plato, Machiavelli, and Lao-tzu each have varying points of views on government. Plato’s political views have more similarities to that of Lao-tzu rather than Machiavelli. In general, most people believe that in order to have a strong country you must have a good government that cares equally for all of its citizens. According to Plato, leaders are those who ascend to a higher level of good and are then able to empathize with the people. Similarly Lao-tzu states “If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them....   [tags: Political philosophy, Thomas Hobbes, Government]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- When striving for power there are various methods that are used in order to assert dominance upon ones’ peers. As presented in The Prince written by Niccolo Machiavelli and translated by William J. Connell various characteristics of a true leader must be adapted and practiced in order to establish a powerful and long lasting princedom. Through Ceasare Borgia, Remirro de Orco, and Pope Alexander VI Machiavelli is able to establish cruelty as an effective yet hazardous tool to gain power and influence....   [tags: Cesare Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, Florence]

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The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

- Novels, and works of literature in general, are created by authors for the purpose of telling a story. These stories, are developed and gestated within the author 's mind, and as a result are an extension of the author 's own manner of viewing the world around them. To create is to showcase, even if only to oneself, the manners by which one interprets actions and images. A piece of an author can always be found within a literary work, for it is the author describing the world according to their characters, which they have in turn created....   [tags: Novel, Literature, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fiction]

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Machiavelli: The Misunderstood Humanist

- Machiavelli was a Florentine diplomat, statesman, and political philosopher in the early sixteenth century. He authored The Prince, a set of rules for new princes to follow in order to maintain control of their domains, emphasizing the use of power without regard to morality. Machiavelli published The Prince in 1513 and dedicated it to the Medicis with the goal of convincing them to unite Italy and end the Italian Wars, which took place from 1494 to 1559. Machiavelli’s philosophies have been criticized as contradictory to traditional humanist views, but this conclusion fails to consider the ideas set forth in The Prince in the context of other political philosophies and humanism at the time....   [tags: classicism, realism, The Prince, philosophy]

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Analysis of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

- ... Threw out the story it gives you an outline of choosing your role as a prince you can live and server in a good way, such as being at peach with your kingdom or city seeing how "A wise prince should follow similar methods and never remain idle in peaceful times" by rebuilding or reaching out to the people it could sever great adversity. So if fortune changes the kingdom will still be behind you no matter what comes in the near days to come. At the same time your army will neglect you if they feel like it's too much peace in the area and not enough war....   [tags: friendship, citizens, title, prince]

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