Machiavelli's Characters In Fury

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Ideals are peaceful, history is violent” (Don Collier). The character Don Collier, portrayed by Brad Pitt, in the film “Fury”, is set in April 1945, as the Allies are pushing forward to the heart of Nazi Germany. Don Collier an army sergeant, commands his five-man crew, Boyd Swan, gunner, Grady Travis, loader, and Trini Garcia, driver, all-veteran soldier aside from an inexperienced soldier named, Norman Ellison who replace the original assistant gunner/driver that has killed in battle that wiped out the rest of Fury’s regiment. Norman original job was a recently Army typist that can type 60 words a minute, but was later re-assigned to become the new assistant gunner/driver with Don Collier in the 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division. All of them grouped in an M4A3E8 Sherman tank on a deadly mission as they passes through enemy…show more content…
His depiction of a good leader to have both the qualities of a man and a beast according to the reading, “…as they had for a teacher one who was half beast and half man, so it is necessary for a prince to know how to make use of both natures, and that one without the other is not durable” (Machiavelli 202). Which means that a good leader should be able to know when to follow orders as a man and when to act out in brute force as a beast, as well as finding the balance to his two natures and utilize them accordingly. Similarly, Don Collier’s leadership trait “dependability” is related to Machiavelli’s qualities of a man, for they both depict a sense of order in mankind and how they are depended on to complete their task/ role as a man. Correspondingly, Collier’s leadership trait of “decisiveness” is linked to Machiavelli’s qualities of a beast, for as a beast follows merely its basic instinct. As for Collier, his instinct is to kill any Nazi Germans that will cause harm to his men’s, no matter if it is men, women, or
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