In “The Prince,” Machiavelli discusses the terms and procedures he believes a prince should take to govern his society. Many perceive his views on human nature and leadership as evil and cruel towards his people. He justifies his views on human nature as he draws examples from the tactics and traits of successful leaders from the past. His ideas are comprised from justifying the means of his actions by its ends. Machiavelli selects the aspects of admirable historical figures to produce and describe his ideal prince.
Machiavelli argues the perfect prince will be both feared and loved by his people, and if unable to be both he will make himself feared and not hated. Machiavelli believes it is much safer to be feared than to be loved because people are less likely to offend and stand up against strong characters, also people are less concerned in offending a prince who has made himself loved. Accordingly, Machiavelli believes generosity is harmful to your reputation and the choice between being generous or stingy, merciful or cruel, honest or deceitful, should only be important if it aids the prince in political power. All in all, Machiavelli believes the ruler must be a great deceiver and do what is essential to uphold power over the
The tolerance to break this is accepted more or less among people, and their success makes other hard-working people in to believing the same. Although the official rules, kings and leaders, in this case Macbeth, can believe that dishonesty sometimes can be a tolerated method by helping themselves and the ones that surrounds them to success. Macbeth faces a hard time standing up to his very own decisions and listens to lady Macbeth that eventually makes him want to live up to her expectations. This destroys his personality quickly and gets very paranoid that makes him corrupt and disloyal. When Macbeth achieved the position as a king in such random matter and surprisingly for both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, the lack of preparations not just physically, but mentally has very big consequences.
In the play Macbeth illustrate innate human tendency to make inhumane choices when given the freedom to. When Macbeth realize that he is trusted by the king and is given more freedom , his inner savagery is stimulated. For example, when Macbeth at the beginning of the novel was praised by the king and his friends as he the kings says “worthiest cousin” macbeth shows that he does not think of anyting but loyalt and respect to his kingdom, but in his mind he seeks the ambition in becoming king and thinks recklessly and tragic activities on his mind. As the acts of savagery become more integrated, the idea of death and blood becomes more comforting, and even encouraging. When king Duncan announces that his son malcom will be next to the throne
He says that it is dangerous to be a free spending prince even though it seems like a virtù. Instead a vice like miserliness will enable a prince to properly govern (Machiavelli,
Machiavelli insists that living a life deprived of sin is unsustainable given the corrupt nature of our peers, which justified immoral and unethical actions: “Because they [men, author’s note] are bad and do not keep their promises to you, you likewise do not have to keep yours to them” (65). Machiavelli thus advises princes to favor cruelty over mercy when balancing the two is not possible, since mercy will be abused and lead to the demise of the prince: ”men have less hesitation in injuring one who makes himself loved than one who makes himself hated” (62). Indeed, Hannibal and Scipio both possessed remarkable qualities with regards to military strategy. Yet, while Hannibal is remembered as a great leader, Scipio is not for the former gained unwavering respect through fear while the former failed to successfully establish his
Sir Pellinore demonstrated how dishonor can be your doom and could lead to your death, exhibiting how important honor is. Given these points, it’s fair to say that “The Wedding of King Arthur” is indeed an exemplary text trying to instruct the viewer to be honorable. In the end, the choice is yours; honor doesn’t have as much importance in our society as it did in Arthur’s, yet you could still use it as an inspiration for your own code of
When Cyrano says that he has a different idea of elegance he is telling Valvert that it is not what is on the outside but rather what is on the inside. Cyrano says that he “ does not dress like a fop.” A fop is a man who cares to much about his or her clothing. When he says this he is insulting Valvert by saying he cares too much about clothing and should focus more on moral grooming. When he saying this he is also making himself look better than Valvert by saying that he has good moral grooming. Cyrano also says that his “moral grooming is impeccable.” When he says this he is saying that he cares about his behavior and honesty.
Thomas Hobbes He liked to study various types of government. He thought that the government of a monarchy was better than democracy because he had no doubt that they were naturally wicked and were not to be trusted to govern. He believed that it was better to have a governor like a king that would know how to act like a leader and rule a country. He said that democracy was for the selfish people who were trying to hide their bad decisions. John Locke John Locke was born on August 29, 1632, in Wrington, England.
Along with pride, I think that there were themes of piety, lies and deciet, and justice so I believe that the Greeks may have seen the Gods as a way to enforce good behavior/a moral code of good, although they show to be ignorant, act "bratty", and can be decietful which may be believed to cause humans to be bad. So it explains their bad behavior for them in a
A truly powerful leader is cruel and shows little to no accounts of mercy but rather use cruelty to bring order and restore peace and obedience in societies; moreover, while avoiding being hated. Machiavelli argues that a prince should not worry about the criticism of cruelty when it is a matter of protecting his citizens and ensuring they are united, loyal, and obedient. Furthermore, excessive mercy allows for disorder to arise and prosper while creating a dysfunctional society that hurts the future of a prince’s power and credibility. A prince should avoid being hated, but still show no mercy as it establishes him respect and shows his strength, influence, and compassion as a good leader; also, institutes more peace, harmony, and order in
The Federal Judiciary is an essential part of a democracy. He also believed the lower house of government were vulgar. Alexis liked the local governments here in America, like New England. He believed the Juries were fundamental to a democracy. The lawyers were a type of Aristocrat and he held them on a different scale.
Moral breakdown is a phenomenon in which a major degradation or a complete loss of moral values takes place within a particular society. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To educate a person in the mind, but not in morals is to educate a menace in society.” Morals are the basis by which people live in a positive manner because morals typically mean that people are compassionate to our fellow beings. When people have morals we know right from wrong. It 's important to have morals with a smart mind so that they understand the consequences of their actions. In the novel Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain describes that Huck Finn has moral degradation or no morals between lying, murder and greed.
The Evil Within Being evil doesn’t always mean doing bad things. Being evil can mean saying bad or mean things or even thinking those things. Innate human evil is evil that is natural and born into the human body and mind. Sometimes, people can’t help evil things that they think, but can help what they say and do. In Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, he uses Cassius’ and Antony’s actions and thoughts to show its easy for people to let evil get the better of them.
He despised of it. Although, according to Sissela Bok, author of the excerpt “Rejecting All Lies: Immanuel Kant”, Kant occasionally vindicates lying. That is with the “idea that any generous motive, any threat to life, could excuse a lie” (Bok). Kant, was very anti lying, yet, was a well educated man. He was an intelligent man who acknowledged that lying is extremely acceptable when necessary and satisfactory in a situation that involves danger or harm.