Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince Analysis

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Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince had a significant impact on modern political philosophy and our views on ethics, leaders, and human behavior as a whole. His contributions to political conduct was primarily the freeing of political action, or more generally statecraft, from moral consideration. He did this not by being the first to consider it, but the first to thoughtfully advise that actions be done on purely political principles and criteria. The history of the treatise inception is also important in understanding Machiavelli’s mindframe. It is very interesting that the person whom the treatise was intended for was none other than a Medici, the ruling family of Florence that had banished him from his home, who was also related to the current …show more content…
His patriotism, first of all, is seen in his reports during the early 1500s to Florence on how to secure the city and eagerness to address complex political problems(1). His involvement with the Medici’s spawned from power plays of France and The Holy League. In the aftermath of the war, the Medici’s overtook Florence and banished him. With his mourning the loss of his lifestyle and the wrecked state of Italy after being laid to waste by France, Spain, and other monarchies, he wished for a solution to these problems. His greatest chance, then, was the soon to be prince Lorenzo de’ Medici. The most probable attraction for Machiavelli to choose him would be that uplifting the Medici family would concurrently uplift Florence; he also would have had great wealth due to his uncle. That is the reason why The Prince was written and also accounts for the odd passage that praises God. In no way does the rest of the treaty glorify Catholicism or religion for that matter and other works of his also hold Christianity in contempt(2). But the real bulk of The Prince lies in its tough analysis of power politics and seemingly ruthless

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