It is better to be punishing than kind. Machiavelli explains that cruelty can be well-thought-out if taken in one stab, the wicked deeds executed all at once, made essential for survival. Machiavelli argues, “We may add this note that when a prince takes a new state, he should calculate the sum of all the injuries he will have to do, and do them all at once, so as not to have to do new ones every day; simply by not repeating them, he will then be able to reassure people, and win them over to his side with benefits.” It is better to not make preserving them would be against one 's benefits. Leaders must avoid making themselves loathed and looked down on; the kindness of the people is a better protection than any stronghold. A leader’s job should be involved so that his reputation is boosted.
The Princes are dependent variables. Machiavelli saw the prince as a person that is defined on what is at his own hands, principalities, armies, and so. These possessions can make the prince as powerful as he can be or as weak he shall be; nor be the definite strife for the downfall of his triumph. Princes are defined by the environment he has brought upon himself as well as the calamities that
Machiavelli argued that the most victorious kings were not those who acted in line with dictates of law, or justice, or conscience, however those willing to try to do anything that was necessary to preserve their own control--and therefore indirectly preserve the goodness of the state. Machiavelli tells us that the sovereign should take any action that is important to keep up the order in society. In time this may result in the most compassionate decision too. Machiavelli explains that, Cesare Borgia, by by making use of cruelty was able to accomplish order, goodness and obedience in Romagna. On the other hand, due to the inaction of the Florentines, allowed internal conflict to develop in Pistoia, leading to devastation of the town.
For when lenity and cruelty play for kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.” (King Henry V 3.6 113-20) Even though Henry seeks to unite the kingdoms of France and England to enlarge his domain, he also wants the people of France to like him. In addition, with a larger and stronger kingdom, neighboring countries will be less likely to attack. “We must not only arm t ' invade the French, But lay down our proportions to defend against Scotland, who will make road upon us with all advantages.” (King Henry V 1.2
Machiavelli say in regards to a prince being either feared or loved, in chapter 17, Machiavelli states “ is much safer to be feared than loved,” . In Machiavelli’s opinion, be feared is more important since it is safer. Even though, it is best to answer that a prince should be both, feared and loved, however it is still very difficult or near impossible to unite them in one person, especially a ruler. Either one must be dispensed with due to be asserted in general of men. In regards to the concept of a ruler being feared and loved, explain Machiavelli’s discussion of the Carthaginian General Hannibal or the Roman General Scipio Africanus.
It is commonly believed that as a ruler, Crispin would be in a position to save his friend, Bear. However, others believe that Crispin should not have accepted his position as rightful heir to the throne in order to do so. Crispin should have accepted his position as the rightful heir to the throne for three reasons: Crispin could have overpowered Aycliffe, rendering their agreement invalid. Secondly, Crispin could have created fair and democratic laws as the Lord. Lastly, Crispin was the rightful heir.
What does it mean to be a Prince? According to Niccolo Machiavelli there is various qualities that are needed to be a Prince. In the chapter, “The Qualities of the Prince,” Machiavelli list qualities a Prince must uphold to be considered a good Prince. In order to be a Prince one must know how to protect his state and people. Some qualities that he mentions are: being feared rather than being loved, being hated, being cruel, being generous, and being deceitful.
This is one of the aspects of the cunning fox. Ultimately, though, Machiavelli concludes that while a prince may not have all of these qualities, he must seem to have them. He must seem as virtuous as possible to the people, but, as previously stated, due to the inherently evil nature of man, he must also be prepared to work against virtue. However, if a prince has previously had a reputation of goodness, his actions will always be justified by the people and future wrongdoings will be excused. In conclusion, while a prince must strive to be multifaceted in order to succeed, he must also at the very least appear to be multifaceted and have a virtuous
This is important because the way a ruler treats his subjects strongly affects how much influence he has over them. Over history, wars have been started over the public's disagreements with rulers, and if they only took the time to discover what makes a good ruler, the catastrophes might have been avoided altogether. After all, a good ruler can be the difference between prospering life and bloody
Compare and Contrast Macbeth and Banquo Once one elicits a promise of power, the question is what one should do with it. Should one enforce it and see it through, or should one simply let fate run its course? A prophecy presents itself to both Banquo and Macbeth that foretells a rise to power in their futures. When power presents itself to Macbeth, he becomes corrupt. However, Banquo resists temptation to give in to his darker side, highlighting two diverging paths a person can pursue while following free will.