Analysis Of Machiavelli 's ' Machiavelli ' The Prince ' Essay

1064 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
“It is necessary, if you want to master her, to beat and strike her” (Machiavelli, The Prince). In this quote, Machiavelli is referring to fortuna, or luck, as a lady and the individual as the potential master. In order to achieve this status of mastery, becoming a virtuoso, one must deal roughly with luck. In essence, this means that one must be bold and strong in one’s decisions in order to succeed over fortuna. This ability is referred to as one’s virtù. Virtù is one’s intelligence and capability. In order to be a successful man one must be both skillful and lucky (with luck being subservient to the virtuous man). In 1775 New York City, the atmosphere was a dangerous one. Two factions warred an internal war while the overarching threat of a British invasion sent shivers down every citizen’s spine. The decision that needed to be made was reconciliation or independence, and everyone had an agenda. Every potential politician or rebel needed a wealth of virtù and fortuna. Those that were virtuos enough to defeat lady fortuna rose to the top. Within the simulation, there were several notable moments when virtù and fortuna’s relationship was truly highlighted. Two such events were the mobbing of Mr. Delancey, and when the Colonial Army forcibly installed one of their own members onto congress by obtaining the votes necessary via threats of extreme violence.

From the beginning of the simulation, Mr. Delancey showed his true colors. He was the establishment. He owned vast…

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