William Shakespeare 's ' The Prince And Tzu 's `` The Art Of War ``

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Shakespeare Ideal King "Love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, is it far safer to be feared than loved"(Machiavelli). Throughout Niccolo Machiavelli 's "The Prince" and Sun Tzu 's "The Art of War," they go in detail discussing what a ruler should know, how to behave, and what the most important characteristic a ruler can have. Another great well Known author is William Shakespeare, whom constantly in his plays shows what how he thinks the ideal ruler should act. The two plays that show his opinion of a perfect leader the best are Macbeth and Hamlet. If one should follow the advice given in Machiavelli 's "The Prince" and Tzu 's "The Art of War" they should be feared, intelligent, and be ruthless yet not hated. As seen in the famous "job interview" King Wu put Sun Tzu to the test by making him take command of about 180 women. In this event it can be seen that Tzu is a task oriented man who is strict, ruthless, and uses fear to take control of a situation. He gives the women simple orders to "Right turn" and then "Left turn," and upon both times the women burst into laughter. Tzu then says how "if his orders are clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers." Sun Tzu then executes the two women in command of the soldiers which also shows the others that he is ruthless. The next time he gives the orders to "Right turn" and "Left turn" all the soldiers react with strict adherence to the orders given to…

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