machiavelli and shakespeare

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Flynn Shellbe Flynn Professor Irby Western Heritage in a Global Context 14 February 2007 A Speculation on Machiavelli’s Views of Brutus and Julius Caesar as Leaders Machiavelli’s The Prince was written as a guide to princes; a “how to book” if you will . He laid down ground rules on everything from what do to when you acquire a new princedom, to who to keep as friends and allies . He had strong stances on human nature, free will, and ethics . In his book you will find reference to any problem a prince could encounter . William Shakespeare, on the other hand, wrote Julius Caesar as a play to entertain the people of England . Though his characters are believable and concrete, they act in ways that real people can’t . His play is full of suicide, murder, and bloodbaths (and lengthy monologues in fancy dialect) . He writes of two major rulers, leaders, “princes” you could call them . Julius Caesar is the rising king of Rome; he has just defeated the pervious leader (of the Republic) and is seeking to make the city-state an Empire . His closest confidant turned cold-blooded murderer is Brutus . Brutus kills Caesar along with a band of conspirators because they believe that Caesar is gaining too much power and control too quickly . The two men have very opposing views on practically everything regarding the government of Rome . Machiavelli would certainly have a strong opinion
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This essay was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course WH 181 taught by Professor Irby during the Fall '07 term at Eckerd.

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