Cesare Borgia Essays

  • Explain Why Cesare Borgia Was Considered A Fortunate Prince To Machiavelli

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    provides instructions that seem to have only the Princes interests in mind rather than the whole of society. 2. Cesare Borgia was considered a fortunate prince to Machiavelli because he inherited his throne from his father. He was virtuous because once he assumed his father’s position he did everything in his power to lay the foundations of his kingdom as quickly as possible. Borgia worked tirelessly to maintain his

  • The Prince By Cesare Borgia

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    A perfect example of this lesson is Cesare Borgia. Although he may have conquered a few cities here and there, became a ruthless killer once or twice, or be a rapist, he maintained his image by having someone else do the really cruel acts. Cesare had a scapegoat which he could use to do all his dirty work and, if needed, he could kill the scapegoat if the public got too angry with the cruel acts he committed. Cesare kept his image while his scapegoat paid the price. Also, a

  • Machiavelli Good Vs Evil

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    The word “Machiavelli" has bad connotations of evil and betrayal. According to Merriam Webster, “Machiavellian” means using clever lies and tricks in order to get or achieve something. To those unfamiliar with his works, they picture a scheming and murderous villain with no sense of justice for the common good. However, to those who do understand his works, there is much more to Niccolò Machiavelli than being evil. Machiavelli categorizes politics as neither good nor bad but as amoral. Amoral defined

  • Violence In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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    Role of Violence While some leaders believe in the rule of law and protection of lives and property, others perceive effective leadership as a combination of controlled violence, cruelty, and extrajudicial killings. Some political philosophers, such as Niccolo Machiavelli, believe in necessary brutality and the capacity of a ruler to act in an entirely self-serving way. Throughout “The Prince,” for example, Machiavelli makes numerous claims about perfect governance that strike the ruler as unnecessarily

  • Machiavelli's The Prince

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    What is Machiavelli's overview of human nature in general and why is it so? Machiavelli has a very dark view of human nature and the reason being is because he lost his public service position when the Medicis came back to power and never regained said position. Why did Machiavelli write The Prince? Machiavelli dedicated The Prince to the Medici's [Lorenzo de' Medici to be exact] to obtain the good graces of the Medici's Why does Machiavelli believe that having ministers is better than having nobles/barons

  • Machiavelli The Prince Rhetorical Devices

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    Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513, a time when Italy as a whole had yet to be formed; the Italian subcontinent consisted only of loosely connected groups of independent city states with a constantly evolving political battleground. Thus Machiavelli wrote The Prince to convey his idea of a strong, active, and in his own eyes, perfect ruler to the current ruling family, the Medici, as he wished to impress them and become an eventual political attaché for the family. Machiavelli argues that when

  • Machiavelli And Fear

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    that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred; because he can endure very well being feared whilst he is not hated…” (79). Though this is not to say that a prince cannot be cruel when it is needed; like the Duke of Valentinois, Cesare Borgia. Machiavelli notes that Borgia was seen as a cruel leader and that his cruelty helped in restored peace and loyalty to the Romagna, so being cruel can be used for a good cause and being known as cruel prince is not necessarily an unacceptable thing, but a prince

  • Odysseus Pursuit Of Power In Machiavelli's The Prince

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    Several facets of the manner which Odysseus employs in his efforts to achieve his goal of reclaiming his power in Ithaca would be commended by Machiavelli. Judging the success of a prince by only considering the outcome of their actions is a theory Machiavelli poses on page 86 of The Prince. This particular passage at the top of the page explicates that it is not prudent to judge a prince on the means by which they came about their success; one is only to judge the ultimate result. Here, Machiavelli

  • Machiavelli's Tupac Shakur: An Analysis

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    prevent the act from happening again. “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” In Machiavelli’s “The Prince” one of the most foul characters and political leaders was Cesare Borgia. To earn his ruthless reputation Cesare beheaded one of his henchman and put the head on public display to send a message to his subjects. This is a valid tool for a leader to maintain order Machiavelli claims. Force and fear are what keep people in check. Coups and

  • Keeping Order In Machiavelli's The Prince

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    The Prince, a brilliant book written by Machiavelli, was primarily concerned with the issue of how to keep order, and how a leader of a state should control its state. Machiavelli describes to the reader the types of leaders that have achieved their way to being a leader either through their hard work of virtue or by the lucky chance of fortune. Machiavelli approaches fortune by putting a negative connotation towards the kings who have achieved their power by their inheritance and the chances and

  • Machiavelli's The Prince And The Meditations Of Marcus Aurelius

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    “Machiavelli was forced to withdraw from politics, but he continued to evaluate the meaning of his fifteen years of political experiences and their relationship to the solution of contemporary problems and to the universal flow of history,” (Ruffo-Fiore). Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince in response to his political career coming to an end. In this he inserted many ideas about man, politics, leadership, thought, and much more, each and every concept still be grasped by the modern day man. Furthermore

  • Machiavelli: The Characteristics Of Being A Good Prince

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    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

  • Machiavelli's Goodness Of The State

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    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. Therefore

  • Niccolo Machiavelli's 'The Prince'

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    Questions: 1. Machiavelli wrote The Prince because he wanted to teach future princes how to rule by giving his opinions and examples through history and previous princes. Not just that, but he also teaches and talks about how to obtain power, invulnerability, and respect. Machiavelli does this by saying what is necessary to do and what is definitely unnecessary to do using examples from the past. It is a rule book for politics to follow in Machiavelli’s own opinions. 2. There are many themes to

  • Analysis Of Machiavelli's The Prince

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    For today’s reviewers, it is hard to understand the methods that Machiavelli put forward in order to design a more proper and stronger central government. Thus, resembling Galileo’s tragicomic fortune, Machiavelli’s ghost is also criticized as being inhuman, dictatorial and brutal. However, his purpose behind publishing ‘The Prince’, which was instigated after the circumstances of the 15th century in a divided Italy, was to show how to establish a strong and indestructible central state in a very

  • Renaissance Prose Analysis: The Prince

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    Alessandro de Souza Ferreira Prof. Intihar English 201 May 6, 2015 Renaissance Prose Analysis: Machiavelli’s, The Prince On The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli, the reader is presented with various recommendations of how to govern or acquire a state effectively. Moreover, the author presents elements that would affect or help princes and people nowadays to accomplish success on their life’s, such as: determination, brutality, learning from past experiences and liberality. Machiavelli

  • Human Nature In The Prince By Niccolo Machiavelli

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    Niccolo Machiavelli was a standout amongst the well-known philosophers of the Italian Renaissance. He exhibited a drastically unique view of how a prince should run his state than other political philosophers of the time. From his perception of Italian governmental issues and the Medici Family, he believed that Italy required a ruler who could take control over the state and maintain its political power. With this new perspective of politics, Machiavelli wrote his most famous book, The Prince, to

  • Individualism In Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead

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    A man is a single member of the human population, one individual, one particular person. A man is defined by his own independence; however, a man is conformed to the likeness of other men. A man will naturally adapt to his social influences, it is our human instincts to transfigure to the naturally selected people, who are considered to be a better fit for this environment. Since the dawn of the human race, it has been our personal and individual spirit that separates all men. The term spirit is

  • Pope Pius XI: The First Vatican Council

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    V Vatican 1 Pope Pius XI was liked by the bishops as a fair and charming man, but when he called the first Vatican Council in 1869 it was politics which were in the ascendant. The movement for Italian unity and the establishment of the Italian state, threatened the position of the Pope as the primary authority in Rome, for the new army was about to occupy the city. So although the Council had a broad agenda, its main work was the affirmation of the Pope’s position. This was made plain in

  • The Decline Of Macbeth In Shakespeare's Play

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    In the Shakespearean play Macbeth, Macbeth, the eponymous character, begins to lose his sense of morality and integrity. The first moment his decline is revealed is after he hears the first part of the witches prophecies come to pass. Whilst thinking about how this will cumulate into him becoming king, he wonders if the temptation is good or will be detrimental. He pronounces that if it is good, “why…[does he] yield to that suggestion…[of killing Duncan]” (I.iii.135). Already, the idea arrives in