(Machiavelli 71) Therefore, when it comes to people’s benefits, the rupture of relations between the prince and his people may be broken. In order not to let people dissemble, the eloquent advice he gives is behaving accordingly, that is to say the ruler should be feared and in some
In one of Machiavelli quotes, he talked about what a prince could do to get out of trouble and to become a more better leader. He states, “[The Prince] is rendered despicable by being thought changeable, frivolous, effeminate, timid, and irresolute; this a prince must guard against as a rock of danger, and so contrive that his actions show grandeur, spirit, gravity, and fortitude...and let him adhere to his decisions so that no one many think of deceiving or cozening him.” A prince will be dishonored if he has the characteristics changeable, a carefree person, effeminate, showing a lack of confidence, and an uncertain person. If a prince contains these kinds of characteristics, then they need to immediately change themselves. They
Oscar Wild wrote, “Those who find ugly meaning in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. Those who find beautiful meaning in beautiful things are cultivated. For these there is hope.” Wilde means that if someone can see the beauty in life as well as the beauty in beautiful things we see there is hope for them in the word. As for the people who can only see the ugly there is no hope for them because they do not appreciate what’s in front of them. Many led to the downfall of Dorian Gray; however, the main reasons are Lord Henry’s influence, the idea of Hedonism, and Dorian’s conscience.
He shows that even in the toughest times he can be calm unlike Oedipus the King who starts to rampage when he knows that he is the one to blame for Laios’ death and is hiding it from the citizens, his people. When Oedipus cries out to be banishes, Creon acts kindly and grants him that wish, but it wasn’t just because he was asked for help, but because he knew that one Oedipus was gone he could come up and rule. These are the few times the Creon show’s up, but this is when he starts shaping and showing the ambitions he has to become king which he later in the other plays begins to develop. By the end of the tragedy Creon begins to show that he is kind, responsible and is a good leader. Oedipus makes sure that all the little times he comes out in Oedipus Rex, he can show the qualities of King and therefore he knows that people will want someone like him.
However, it is often argued that Prospero is simply pretending to forgive them as he wants nothing more than his Dukedom back as critic James Smith states, "as if imparting of forgiveness is more important than his return to Milan." He does clearly have some desire for vengeance rather than forgiveness as the play begins with him wrecking the ship they arrive on but rather than killing them he allows them to live which may be in order to simply show his power and present himself as "noble" which is evident when he asks Ariel "but are they safe?" Prospero is quick to vengeance and displaying power as can be seen in the play when he tells Ariel "I will rend an oak" after he questions his authority. He does later praise Ariel and promise him his "freedom" which again suggests that his main goal is simply to lead and be viewed as a leader; through any means necessary. Contextually this can be linked to Machiavellis "The Prince" in which it's stated that in order to be a great leader one has to be ruthless.
And as a high moral tone can hardly be said to conduce very much to either one’s healthiness and happiness, in order to get to town I have always pretended to have a little brother named Earnest,” (Wilde 18). The pressure of being under scrutiny as a member of the aristocracy causes Jack to feel the need to escape in order to relieve the pressure of high society. Without the occasional escape from the city, both Jack and Algernon would not be able to function under the amount of stress that is put on them
Forgiveness can also be a reason to stay, some people have big hearts and are easy to forgive due to kindness but that does not mean they will necessarily forget, the old bond will never be the seem and asking about the partners whereabouts will no longer be a matter of manners only but to assure herself. In addition to this blind devotion, deep denial can create a desperate hope that the cheater will change. An awfully a lot has been invested in the cheater and the betrayed might think it’s too much to give up on and the best visible solution is forgiveness
Although his actions are very insane, they can be seen as rational to reader considering hedonism. Devotion to pleasure, hedonism, makes Dorian be deceitful about his true self by deflecting the attention of the public from the mad man to the beautiful and intelligent gentlemen. Dorian is, young, sensitive, and emotional, meaning that he is susceptible to manipulation. Lord Henry takes advantage of that opportunity and gives Dorian the yellow book; this book opens up the world of hedonism and aestheticism which eventually turns his young life into an eternal oblivion of misery. Dorian develops a fear of aging so he tries to live his life as if it was his last day on earth.
Touchstone is a character who has an individual opinion on the idea of love. His idea is unromantic, but practical. This can be seen in the following quote, “ by how much defence is better than no skill, by so much is a horn more precious than to want.” In this quote, touchstone implies that it is better to be cheated on rather than to have no woman at all and go on unsatisfied. This shows his practicality and also shows how he is quite selfish when it comes to love. “ he is not like to marry me well and, not being well married it will be a good excuse for me hereafter to leave my wife” , this quote illustrates his unromantic portrayal of love, as he is willing to go through great measures to avoid being tied down to one woman.
Friar Lawrence has a cowardly streak that doesn't suit his character; he means no harm but may end up doing some. The part of the play that makes me think of Friar Lawrence as a good person is when the Friar marries Romeo and Juliet while knowing it could end very badly resulting in his own death. I see this as a very courageous act, trying to join the houses of the Capuletes and the Montagues. I think that the name Friar Lawrence gives a good indication that his vocation is that of a Friar.