Machiavelli, Hobbes and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" Film Review by Master Researcher

Machiavelli, Hobbes and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator"
An analysis of the representation of power and its abuse according to Machiavelli and Hobbes as seen in the world of Ridley Scott's "Gladiator".
# 42667 | 3,150 words | 4 sources | 2002 | US

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This paper will examine the political philosophies of Machiavelli and Hobbes in application to the question of the use and abuse of power in "Gladiator". It will be seen that Machiavelli and Hobbes would agree that the insane villain, Emperor Commodus, was actually an insightful political leader. While the movie collapses the distinction between the personal and the political - with the whining, incestuous Commodus contrasted unfavourably with the "family values" of Maximus - neither Machiavelli nor Hobbes considered personal morality of any significance in the arena of political life.

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