"The Prince" Analytical Essay by Master Writers

"The Prince"
A study of Machiavelli's "The Prince."
# 16910 | 2,230 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2003 in Political Science (Machiavelli, Niccolo) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines Machiavelli's classic writing, "The Prince," which is a practical handbook of political advice for leaders. The paper explains the best ways to gain and maintain political power. It describes the role of the monarchy and Machiavelli's theories to enlarge territory and dominate Europe. The paper is well thought out with historical examples of Machiavelli's political ideas, where morality is unimportant and the ends justify the means.

From the Paper:

"Machiavelli's work is primarily concerned with the actions of leaders and not the welfare of the people. He views ordinary people as pawns to be manipulated. People are divided into three groups in the book, leaders, nobles, and the populace. Throughout most of history, the people and the nobles have been pitted against each other. It is better for a prince to have the support of the people than the nobles because the nobles always want something from the prince, or they are a danger to the prince because they consider themselves to be his equal. The people, on the other hand, don't usually ask for anything more than not to be oppressed (64). Machiavelli does believe that the people are easily deceived and should be deceived and manipulated. He says that, "it is well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious, and also to be so" (93). But, he goes on to say that a prince doesn't really have to have any of these qualities; he just has to convince the people that he does have them. Machiavelli, further states that if a prince is inclined to deceive people, there will always be some among the people that can be deceived, even if the prince has lied to them before (93)."

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