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Chapter Vii of Machiavelli's "The Prince"
An analysis of Chapter Vii of Machiavelli's "The Prince".
# 144380 | 1,250 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Political Science (Machiavelli, Niccolo) , Literature (Italian)

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The paper relates that in Chapter VII, it becomes obvious that Machiavelli is equally concerned with the skills by which power is maintained as he is with the strengths that are used to seize that power. The paper looks at how Machiavelli states his belief that the most valuable of these skills is that of self-sufficiency; that is, if a prince is capable of achieving power and maintaining power using his own personal strengths and skills, he is more likely to succeed than someone who has been given his power through "fortune." The paper explains that this lack of self sufficiency is enough to cause Cesare Borgia to fail, in Machiavelli's eyes, despite whatever strengths that Borgia otherwise demonstrated.

From the Paper:

"Contrary to popular opinion, Machiavelli was neither evil nor did he necessarily advocate being sadistic without reason. When reading "The Prince", it is important to remember that this book was written at another time and for another place; at the time that Machiavelli wrote his work, the world was ruled by individuals who had absolute power over their subjects and their subjects actions without any retribution from the people over whom they had control. Machiavelli, therefore, was not himself describing actions that were unduly cruel; rather, he was describing in a largely dispassionate manner..."

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