Machiavelli And The Prince Character Analysis

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This essay is based on my understanding on Shakespeare’s King Lear and Machiavelli’s The Prince. In this essay I will be focusing on the nature of themes and blindness, love and kinship. William Shakespeare was a great English writer who has written various famous plays such as – King Lear, Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth. He got married at the age of 18 in 1582 and died in 1609 when his last sonnets were published. Shakespearean tragedy was originated from Greek drama.
On the other side, The Prince was written by Niccolo Machiavelli. He was born on May 3, 1469 at Florence. He was an Italian historian and one of the most well-known political writers (Rennert 2008, p.1). In 1500, he was sent to Louis XII of France on a mission and then after that to Caesar Borgia, the lord of Romagna, at Urbino. The Prince was written in 1513 by Machiavelli in which he has written about his own views of the government of the state (Rennert 2008, p.1). Machiavelli’s main objective was to get power and develop using that. “He turned politics into a technique of power and
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His eldest daughter Goneril flatters him and gets the powers and half of the kingdom. Regan follows her sister and gets her share as well, however Cordelia is shown as her honest daughter in the play and remains silent which makes the king furious. This represents the moral blindness in the play. Gloucester is also shown blind in love of his children, Edmund and Edgar, where he is unable to see Edmund’s betrayal towards his brother Edgar. Physical blindness is shown in the play where Gloucester’s eyes were poked by Regan’s husband, the Duke of Cornwall. The theme of love and flatter in King Lear is related to Cordelia vs. Goneril and Reagan. The King and Gloucester in the play are portrayed blind as they see only what they want to and are easily persuaded by other

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