Machiavelli The Prince Essay

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Niccolo Machiavelli (b. 1469) was a Political Theorist residing in Renaissance Italy. Living through the rebirth of ancient Greek and Roman literature, science and philosophy, Machiavelli establishes his own reasoning that has changed politics for the better or worse depending on the angle you look at it. In The Prince, a book written by Machiavelli himself, he presents the reader with an analytical overview of the political climate in Italy during the Renaissance. He further ventures to prescribe a set of rules that leaders should follow in order to gain and keep their conquests. Among many important themes dealt with in The Prince, Machiavelli addresses the nature of man and how a ruler should deal with it. I am of the opinion that Machiavelli’s…show more content…
He saw the people as generally self-interested. Here for themselves and gone when their needs are fulfilled or when the going gets though. He observes that man is only concerned with gaining, maintaining and expanding political influence as long as they have the ability to do so. He goes on to call them “fickle, false and cowardly” because they will act nobly in times of prosperity but in times of strife and adversity they will quickly protect themselves first. People were the most volatile resources to a prince in Machiavelli’s opinion and must not be…show more content…
One of these is not to rely on the words and actions of anyone but himself. He states, “[a]nd that prince who, relying entirely on their promises, has neglected other precautions, is ruined” Depending on people to help when it is really needed, is detrimental to a prince’s rule. People are capable of being benevolent and trustworthy but they are also capable of being greedy and ungrateful and you can never predict which side of them you are going to get. Thus, a great prince must never rely on the actions of others in times of

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