Machiavelli's Purpose Of The Prince

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Niccolò Machiavelli is smart and a strategic author. There are many ways on how to interpret his famous work, “The Prince”. It is intriguing that Machiavelli did not provide a title for the book. In doing so, Machiavelli shows his strategic writing to challenge the reader. To read the book and accept it in a literal sense is questionable. The intended audience rather audiences for the book is anyone that can access the book but the real audience will catch the essence of Machiavelli’s work. With that said, Machiavelli stated that “… [M]y hope is to write a book that will be useful, at least to those who read it intelligently…. (48). “ It is intended as a warning or rather a challenge that will entice and engage the reader to really think …show more content…
The rulers have the power over the people. The rulers have authority and give commands. The ruler is the head of the state. The ruler makes sure that he has the power and maintains it. In short, rulers govern the people. The citizen follows the ruler. The people provide support to the ruler as long as they are satisfied. If not, they can choose to overthrow the leader and follow a new ruler. Machiavelli provided some situations wherein, the oppressed people will grab any opportunity to have a new leader. The people of Israel in Egypt was enslaved so they followed Moses to escape slavery, away from the hands of Egyptians(19). The people do not want to be enslaved. They do not want to follow the Egyptians because no one wants to live doing things unwillingly. The people were not benefitting and they were not happy. The people believed that Moses can lead them and so they followed him and established a new kingdom. The people would put their support to the new ruler hoping that situation would be better. The people are willing to follow a new ruler. Another demo is Syracuse, “The people of Syracuse were oppressed and elected him as their military commander; so he deserved to be made their ruler(21).” The people are willing to follow a ruler who is deserving of their service. The people …show more content…
Instead, Machiavelli synchronizes the elites and the people. In chapter 26, there’s hard evidence that Machiavelli pushes anyone who has the virtu and fortuna(capable elites) to grab the opportunity and lead the people properly to have stable county that benefits both elites and the people. Machiavelli had enough of the past rulers always benefitting from Italy and not giving back to the people. Machiavelli is tired of seeing a country be rob, and see a great country being oppressed to reach its full potential. Then, to maintain in power, the support of the people are needed. To protect the state, the ruler must have its own army to rely upon. And an army needs a good ruler to lead them, a leader should have the skills so that the army is well used. Like a sword, to skillful warrior it can be utilized. The weapon should be well take care of, a rusty sword is not effective. The ruler needs to arms its people because they are the most trustworthy. Machiavelli is not taking any sides. He just trying to bring the elites and the people together because both relies on each other. In political power, the people have the power to choose their leader while the leader benefits from the people. The ruler can use the people for an army. In which, the ruler can use in his personal gains and needs. To create stable country both needs cooperation and it will benefit both the people and the

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