Machiavelli The Prince Rhetorical Analysis

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Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was actually a Republican that seems to me after reading “The Prince”, wrote with both a liberal and conservative feel. He seemed to examine the methods by which a state could exert their power in which the ends would justify the means in their process of preserving law and order. By giving examples, Machiavelli describes how the main purpose of being a prince is wielding ones pure power for revenge, glory and survival, and he justifies the use of immorality to achieve that purpose. “He who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation” therefore he claims “the end justifies the means” (Machiavelli). No matter how uncommon the advice he gives you find in “The …show more content…

His main way is by using the God given strength and your own trusted army. Not to go outside and hire mercenaries. He felt like showing our own power and having those within our trusted army is the best way to keep it, and by all means even if we have to be evil to obtain it that sometimes through the use of fear is the best way to keep peace during ones ruling. He also tells that to be able to maintain the best control as a prince is to have great knowledge in military, be open to new ideas and not hold prejudices, be cautious in the overuse of spending monies and resources. I believe this was because he was trying to give an example that by over spending of resources and funds would cause the leader to have to raise additional taxes and cause additional hardship to the people. The main goal of the leader was to have his people love him, even if it was through fear, it is almost like a form of respect. He would like the leader to have both love and fear, but if fear is what it takes to keep order and respect than that is what needed to be done. “Therefore a prince, so long as he keeps his subjects united and loyal, ought not to mind the reproach of cruelty; because with a few examples he will be more merciful than those who, through too much mercy, allow disorders to arise, from which follow murders or

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