Throughout The Prince, Machiavelli described the decisions a wise prince would make in many situations. He stated that a wise prince would surround himself with intelligent advisors, and listen to them carefully, but make his own decisions and stick to them. A wise prince would win the goodwill of the people, and keep his citizens dependent on him and on the state. This is imperative because the citizen's goodwill is the best defense against both domestic and foreign threats. When he stated, “He must therefore be a fox to discern toils, and a lion to drive off wolves,” (46) he expresses that a prince should be able to discern whether to use force or deceit when dealing with different situations.
Niccoló Machiavelli was an Italian writer during the Renaissance, most commonly known for his political thesis, The Prince. In his book, Machiavelli expresses his outlook of a successful leader thinking that an effective leader should, for example, be the master of all things associated with war, should be compassionate and kind, (but not too much so, as it can cause disorder), and should be either virtuous, or virtuous-appearing. Machiavelli mainly using his view of human nature to support his statements. For example, Machiavelli
In Niccolo Machiavelli's book, The Prince (1513), he evaluates on how a prince can be a successful leader. Machiavelli’s purpose of this guidebook was to construct his argument to the rising ruler Giuliano de Medici for when he comes to power in Florence. He adopts a casual but authoritative tone in order to convince the prince that Machiavelli’s evaluation on how to be the best prince, is the right thing for the prince to do without coming off as he knows more than the prince or is trying to intimidate him.. Machiavelli’s reference to previous rulers and whether their tactics failed or succeeded helps to benefit his credibility along with his allusion to historic text. He appeals to our logic by simply stating a prince can only do what is within his power to control, and his use of an analogy furthers his argument. Throughout the chapter, Machiavelli uses authoritative language to help convince the reader and prince that his ideas are worthy of being followed.
Machiavelli noticed that princes that always honor their word are praised, however, princes that succeeded are those that gave their word lightly and knew how to trich men. This goes back to the topic of loyalty and how human nature influences politics. Machiavelli expressed that a ruler must learn to fight with both force and law, being half man and half beast. By doing this, a prince would know how to respond accordingly to his subjects. Machiavelli again describes man as “wretched creatures who would not keep their promises to [the prince], [so he does] not need to keep [his] word to them.” Machiavelli’s new perspective of politics was mainly influenced by italy’s political statue and lack of proper leadership.
Leaders can be good or bad, but do people have to be either a good or bad leader to be effective? This leads to an important question--what makes an effective leader? An effective leader has to have firm control over who they are leading, sometimes through the use of fear or confusing language, or even through repetition of specific words and empathy, as seen in the novel 1984 and the speech “Four Freedoms”. In the text 1984, the government who is the leader is effective by using the method of fear.
In ‘The Prince’, he defines how to establish a successful state, how to gain stability of power, and the characteristics that princes need to have. While explaining this, he mentioned ideas regarding strong military, moral issues and dictatorial power over people. It can be argued that Machiavelli was using pragmatic aspects while explaining his ideas about the society, the
Machiavelli, The Prince Name: Institution: Introduction The book the Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is an Italian piece of art that depicts the political class of Italy and how they interact to ensure democracy and workability in the state. The prince although written in the traditional aspects of Italy governance, it is believed to be the works of modern philosophy and political environment in which truth is more ideal than any abstract ideals. Machiavelli in his book is seen to distinguish authorities that hold power over the people as either republics or principalities. The principalities authorities were those believed to inherit authority from one generation
What exactly is a good leader and how should they be? In the readings, by Christine de Pizan The Treasure of the City of Ladies and another by Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince. They both talk about how a prince and a princess should act upon their people. For Pizan she talks about how a princess should be kind hearted and accepting towards her people. She should act like this sho that they will help her whenever she is need.
I. Machiavelli In his famous work the Prince Niccolo Machiavelli exposes what it takes to be a good prince and how only this good price and keep control over his state. There are many different qualities that make a man a good ruler but there are some that are more essential than others. In this work Machiavelli stresses the importance of being a warrior prince, a wise prince, and knowing how to navigate the duality of virtù and vices. Without these attributes there was no way that a prince could hold together their state and their people. This is a work that still influences us today and is still relevant in today’s complex society.
Some of his other famous works include Discorsi Sopra La Prima Deca Di Tito Livio (1531, Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius) The Mandrake(1528) a satirical play and Il Principe (1532, The Prince). Machiavelli’s main political theory talks about that it is mainly the skill and power of the individual leader that determines the success of the state. Nice politicians do not mean that there will be a successful state. It is almost impossible to be a good person (in the traditional Christian sense) and a good politician at the same time. While it is best to be both feared and loved, a prince should always create a sense of terror as that is what keeps society organized.