Machiavellian In Gladiator

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Niccolo Machiavelli, an illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, stresses an epitome of political behavior for a leader in The Prince. Cesare Borgia, the prince in the book, illustrates similar Machiavellian characteristics as Commodus in “Gladiator.” Commodus is the ruthless emperor who ignorantly challenges the life of many Romans, including gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius. He expresses his emotions frequently and violently in the film, indirectly making evidence to support such repetitive Machiavellian behavior. Commodus is a Machiavellian hero due to his nature regarding false virtue with himself, his family, and the people of Rome. Commodus, without realizing, is active in making decisions that affect him negatively. After gaining power, all he wants is love from the people. Even though his decisions regarding how he would gain this support are horrendous, Commodus is an intelligent man. He knows very well how to cheat his way to the top, no matter who he needs to overthrow to achieve it. It seems like the only way out of certain situations for the emperor, like fighting in the Colosseum, is to fool others in order to gain their respect or love. Machiavellian leadership states that leaders tend to pretend to have virtues to deceive for power, and to complete unlawful business in private in order to succeed. Commodus naturally makes the decision to lie on the throne. Simultaneously, he deceives himself because thinks that his decisions would benefit him both long and short term. He throws himself into situations, believing that he would always win since he is the emperor, but ends up failing drastically in the end. For example, when he challenges Maximus to a fight, Maximus knows that Commodus is only fooling himself. From the very beginning of the movie, Commodus is visibly a weak man both physically and mentally. He always scares himself when near a sword

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