Machiavelli The Prince Rhetorical Analysis

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Machiavelli Machiavelli’s The Prince is a handbook for rulers on how to run a state. Unlike previous works on this topics Machiavelli starts by describing the true nature of man. Previous works were based on an ideal model of citizens, were people are honest, loyal, law abiding, and generous. Machiavelli says that in reality “men are ungrateful, fickle, dissembling, cowardly, and jealous.” Machiavelli argues that princes must use ruling techniques that are effective given mans nature. Likewise, the prince must have qualities that are less than ideal in order to be an excellent ruler. Although it would be preferable that the prince has the human qualities that we all admire “traditional virtues” a good prince must do whatever is necessary…show more content…
He says that it is generally better to be frugal because lavish spending will lead to jealousy. It will also lead to higher taxes, and will make the prince unpopular. Machiavelli believes that it is important for the prince to be cruel. It is important for him to punish appropriately in order to have the respect from his citizens and his army. On the issue of admiration Machiavelli states that a prince ideally should be loved and feared, but it is more important that he be feared. It is more likely that his citizens would be loyal to him if they feared him. I believe that the true nature of man has not changed since Machiavelli’s time. I think that most modern governments still employ many of his general principals for ruling. Laws and punishment are necessary to prevent people from committing crimes. All modern governments utilize his techniques to some extent to rule. Laws and punishment are used to maintain order. An extreme example of Machiavellian principals can lead to a dictatorship. An extreme dictator such as Haddam Hussein ruled by fear. He used any means possible to keep his rule. He killed entire villages of people who disagreed with his ideas and ruled with intense fear. For Haddam Hussein was ruthless, cruel, ambitious, unlawful, and

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