Machiavelli's Psychoanalytic Analysis

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Humans have a natural drive to share parts of ourselves and to acquire knowledge; to express and to explore. Writing provides an outlet to do both. George Orwell, known for his novels Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, once said, “From a very early age… I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature.” People write because it is part of human nature to do so. Today, historians believe that both Egyptians and Mesopotamians independently invented writing in around 3200 BCE. Humans have written for over five thousand years! Clearly, over the course of time, it has become an integral part …show more content…
Many of those who write desire to create a better world. If you share your potentially never dying ideas through writing, they can be assimilated into practically any culture. For instance, take the Machiavellian ideas of justice. Although well past Machiavelli’s time, his ideas are still discussed today due to the fact he had written them down in his novel The Prince. Any American high school student could tell you at least a little about Machiavellian 'the ends justifies the means ' view and many world leaders today still follow his viewpoint, despite the fact that Machiavelli distributed The Prince in 1513, Italy. Therefore, writing provides a rare opportunity in which your ideas can be spread and remembered without your sentient being sharing them physically. This year, for my narrative essay in my english class, I decided to write about my experiences with a manipulative friend. I wanted to express my concern for people in similar situations and to give them warning. I needed people to understand that independence from those who encourage bad behavior is important. Writing this allowed me to do so, giving personal insight like “to stop Medusa, you must decapitate her. Handling toxic people similarly is vital for survival." Writing creates a window for those who want to spread ideas of positivity and allows said people to share their …show more content…
Money creates an interesting dynamic between writers and audience. Instead of writing for themselves, writers who work for money write to please. This, of course, is not a bad thing. With this motivation, a new type of writing was created. The countless amounts of books that flood the bookstore shelves are created solely from this purpose. Even the most renown author and playwright in the world, William Shakespeare, had written for a paycheck. However, sometimes, when people write for anything other than themselves, their writing loses authenticity. This is commonly seen in students working for a good grade, in sitcom script writers, and especially in young adult novel authors; the end result of their work easily may come off as fake. But again, if done well, this type of writing entertains many. Shakespeare is a prime example of someone who succeeded with writing for cash. He created diverse characters and intense plotlines to keep the audience hooked. If you look at Macbeth, you can see his mastery of writing interesting things for an audience. By creating frightening characters like Lady Macbeth and the three witches, as well as innocent characters such as Banquo, he creates realistic stories. Having a spectrum of character diversity grasps audience 's attention. This style of writing created a larger demand for the entertainment

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