Analysis Of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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“Fortune is a woman and, if you wish to keep her down, you must beat her and pound her.” (Pasinetti, "The Norton Anthology Of World Masterpieces", p. 1071). Niccolo Machiavelli was a controversial political writer and theorist during the late 1400s and early 1500s (Pasinetti, "The Norton Anthology Of World Masterpieces", p. 1057). Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513 from his direct experience with of war and likewise of diplomacy (ibid). He wrote about his ideas and beliefs of what he believed were the qualities a prince should and should not have. Why and how a prince should act in certain situations to keep his position as prince. During the time, the book was written Machiavelli believed the country needed a strong leader so that …show more content…
With his writing, Machiavelli suggested that the end justified the means. With Machiavelli’s writing, he could make the prince believe he could act immorally as long as the end result was the goal he was striving for. Machiavelli states this in the “handbook” The prince “Moreover, he should be not troubled if he gets a bad name because of vices without which it will be difficult for him to preserve his position.” (Pasinetti, "The Norton Anthology Of World Masterpieces", p. 1057). Niccolo Machiavelli advised that it was okay if a prince was cruel as long as the cruelty was given to the people who deserved it. Machiavelli writes that “Cesare Borgia was considered cruel, yet this cruelty of his pacified the Romagna, united it, and changed its condition to that of peace and loyalty.” (Pasinetti, "The Norton Anthology Of World Masterpieces", p. 1065). By saying this Machiavelli leads the prince to believe it is okay to be cruel in order to establish or maintain the peace he seeks. He suggests that it is okay for the prince to gain a bad name as long as by doing this he keeps the people faithful to him. This is read when Machiavelli wrote, “Hence a prince ought to not be troubled by the stigma of cruelty, acquired in keeping his subjects united and faithful.” (ibid) The Catholic Church did not agree with this view. They would not see it in …show more content…
Machiavelli wrote, “A prudent ruler, therefore, cannot and should not observe faith when such observance is to his disadvantage and the causes that made him give his promise vanished.” (ibid). Machiavelli believed that it was okay to lie to men because men are not good and, therefore, are not entitled to be treated as such. Machiavelli wrote this in “If men were all good, this advice would not be good, but since men are wicked and do not keep their promises to you, you likewise do not have to keep yours to them.”

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