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Machiavelli - The Prince

AP Language and Composition

Norris Jones

on 8 May 2015

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Transcript of Machiavelli - The Prince

Hitler used "The Prince" as his beside reading.
Modern Day Interpretation
Modern Days Interpretations
In Depth On Chapter 26
Niccolo Machiavelli
(1469 - 1527)
Born in Florence, Italy
Middle Class Family, with ties to government figure
1498 - become head of Second
Chancery and Head of Diplomatic
Relations for Florence
1503 - became responsible for the Florence Militia.
1513 - Accused of conspiracy and removed from his position, released a year later
Machiavelli went into exile and continued to write
The Prince
Published in 1532
26 Chapters
Italian & French
Original Title: De Principatibus / Il Principe
New Princedoms Gained With Other Men’s Forces and Through Fortunes
Chapter 7
“when a prince comes to power through luck or the blessings of powerful figures within the regime, he typically has an easy time gaining power but a hard time keeping it thereafter, because his power is dependent on his benefactors' goodwill”
Chapter 15
Princely Virtues
“The prince should, ideally, be virtuous, but he should be willing and able to abandon those virtues if it becomes necessary”
“the greatest princes in history tend to be ones who take more risks, and rise to power through their own labor, virtue, prudence, and particularly by their ability to adapt to changing circumstances”
Chapter 25
Fortune is a Woman
Chapter 26
The Roman Dream
‘Exhortation to Seize Italy and to Free Her from the Barbarians’
Main Themes
Human Nature
Ideal V.S. Real
Fortune V.S. Free Will
Qualities & Characteristic of the Ruler
Diction/Features of Language
1. Feared V.S. Loved
2. Virtue
3. Intelligence/Academic
Chapter XVII
Chapter XIII
Machiavelli's target audience in "The Prince" was to Princes of that era and the era following. Moreover anyone trying to rise to power and strategically gain political influence. This is less a step-by-step, abstract treatise, or "Politics for Dummies,"but it is a concise manual, a handbook for those who would want to acquire or increase their political power. Machiavelli's purpose in writing "The Prince" was fix the central problems of what is or what should be, the relation of citizen to the state, and what is, or what should be, the relation of the states to each other, and what are the sources of, and the limits to the power of the state. While at the same time analyzing and disclosing to us the qualities and characteristics of ruler.
In his student days Mussolini
selected "The Prince" as the subject of
a thesis for his doctorate.
Stalin as well studied Machiavelli's "The Prince"
From reading it can be said that the role of the prince is to direct this force (nation-state) according to the principles which in essence are similar to those by which a scientist directs the course of a guided missile. For what happens to the nation and whatever direction it is headed all must be imposed by the ruler. This force this scientific quality of Machiavelli's work is evident in this chapter. Specifically the second passage, it's natural elevated quality allows it to stand out against the simply intellectual and almost algebraic presentation of the rest of "The Prince."
What will I take away from Machiavelli's writing style?
Machiavelli's writing style made it a delightful and very informative read. Machiavelli never uses words to conceal his thought. His meaning is never ambiguous and his conclusions are always downright. Those are some qualities that will take away from Machiavelli's "The Prince."
Co-teaching’s Benefits towards Education
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