Machiavelli The Prince Character Analysis

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First and foremost, he must be wise; seek advice when needed, but always with a grain of salt. He shall avoid hatred and contempt since this could damage his respect and cause his people to revolt against him. He must be brave and strong, as this is a must for any man in general to succeed and be great. He should, if possible, be both loved and feared; if not loved, then feared. He must understand and know the art of war like the palm of his hand. These are just a few of the characteristics of a good leader, a prince, a Machiavellian ruler. In The Prince, written by Niccolo Machiavelli, he writes a political handbook for rulers (and especially for Lorenzo De’Medici) that explains and discusses the ways a prince should lead a state and what …show more content…
As mentioned in Machiavelli’s words on page 96 of The Prince, “He who will, therefore, carefully examine the actions of this man will find him a most valiant lion and a most cunning fox; he will find him feared and respected by everyone, and not hated by the army; and it need not be wondered at that he, the new man, well, because his supreme renown always protected him from that hatred which the people might have conceived against him […]” (Machiavelli) to be Machiavellian means to be cunning in nature. An example of this nature could be how Margaret used her gender to win over female voters who thought or felt under represented or even unappreciated. Doing this resulted in being able to keep herself in office for 3 terms or 12 …show more content…
She may not have all the characteristics like mastering the art of war in, being considered “bad” instead of “good”, or having armies that are meant to gain new territories, but she does show everything that I have mentioned. It’s possible that not a single person or leader even has all the characteristics or abilities that Machiavelli referred to in The Prince. Margaret may lack in some areas to be considered a Machiavellian leader to certain people, but in other words, Margaret Thatcher played her part well as a prime minister, role model, important figure, and of course a Machiavellian

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