Machiavelli's The Prince

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There are three prominent themes that recur through out the course of "The Prince" they are as follows; Laws and Warcraft: Machiavelli states in chapter 12 that the main foundations of any kingdom is a good army and sound law, meaning a ruler should ensure they have both to survive. Virtue vs Vice: In the book virtue is defined as qualities, like generosity and pity , that are praised by others .Whilst Vices is defined as wicked behaviour ; the theme of vice and virtue is repeated constantly through-out the book. Machiavelli argues that a Prince must be of high virtue, but, he must never forget vices, such as cruelty and dishonesty, as it will bring him prosperity and security in his kingdom. Love and Hate: Love and hate is one of the most prominent…show more content…
He must be able to pick up on his enemies and allies mistake to ensure they do not happen to his kingdom. Must especially a prince must have great wisdom in war- craft , knowing how to handle the art of war not only for the gain of territory but also the safety of their kingdom. Ruthlessness - Machiavelli stated that and the ideal prince should be ruthless and willing disregard conventional morality or religious principle to ensure he maintains power .He should out law any other principle , other than the willingness to do what is necessary for their kingdom. Manipulation- In chapter 7 Machiavelli relays a skill which might be considered the most important skill for a leader to poses; manipulation. In the book its explained that to be successful a leader must constantly manipulate others around him and control situation, ensuring they work to his advantage. He then provides an example of a leader shows this skill well; Cesar Borgia. Bravery - A leader must be very brave and have great stregnth . He be the first in battle , risking it all for the good of his people. When the people see a brave king they would want to fight for

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