Machiavelli The Prince Analysis
Humanism was a distinct movement because it developed from the mediaeval custom of having pious religious motivation for making art or works of literature. Humanist writers were concerned with worldly or secular subjects rather than strictly religious topics. Such emphasis on secularism was the outcome of a more materialistic view of the universe. Unlike the Medieval Era, Renaissance people were concerned with money and the enjoyment of life and all its worldly pleasures. Humanist writers glorified the individual and believed that man was the matter of all affairs and had unlimited potential. In the Prince, Machiavelli showed that people, and not necessarily supernatural forces, are responsible for their activities. The Renaissance in general exhibited this type of humanism, breaking off from the Catholic Church and its strong dogma. Instead of believing that God was responsible for everything, humanists believed that man, with all his defects and virtues, had a huge hand in controlling his …show more content…
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