The Prince by Machiavelli (summary and response).docx - Nate Madison ENG210 Prof Mathai Summary The Prince was published by Nicolo Machiavelli in 1532

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Nate Madison ENG210, Prof. Mathai 3-12-18 Summary The Prince was published by Nicolo Machiavelli in 1532 as a sort of letter of advice for Lorenzo de’ Medici, the overseer of Florence, Italy. Machiavelli most likely sought to impress Medici and hopefully gain an advisory position with the government. In The Prince, Machiavelli lays out how to attain political power, and how to best use it. The whole work is like an extended guide on how to effectively rule over people. In his frankness, Machiavelli offers some controversial advice, most notably the separation of politics and morality. Traditionally, political theory always held rulers and nobility to a code of honor and chivalry. The Prince argues that decisions should be made based on outcome and consequences rather than an ethical code. In chapter fifteen he states that, “It is necessary for a prince…to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.” (Machiavelli) Instead of always holding to an ethical code, which could prove disastrous, Machiavelli repeatedly stressed the importance of keeping a pretense of good intentions and morality. It is better to appear generous then to squander one’s resources; better to make occasional shows of mercy, than to be dangerously lenient with the law.
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