Machiavelli and Gossip Girl

1497 WordsFeb 26, 20186 Pages
Machiavelli’s The Prince is a guide written for the ruling class on how to maintain power, however, royalty is no longer a characteristic that belongs only to a monarch. In The Prince, Machiavelli targets the prince and all other royalty, but today his work may be used as a social critique of upper class society. Thus, a popular television show depicting Manhattan’s elite governed by social media blasts, is no coincidence. It is evident that the creators of the popular television show Gossip Girl had Machiavelli in mind. Machiavelli and the character of Gossip Girl complement each other in their focus on man’s lack of morals, and their ability to create paranoia as well as manipulate those in power to achieve their own agendas. Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513, yet it continues to be a loved and powerful piece today, so much so that it is portrayed in modern day media such as Gossip Girl. Through The Prince, Machiavelli teaches the prince how to rule. Machiavelli counsels the prince on affairs of generosity and miserliness, war, and how he will be perceived. He shows the prince that it is not possible to be good because, “a man who wishes to make a vocation of being good at all times will come to ruin among so many who are not good” (“The Qualities of the Prince” para. 7). He elaborates on the idea that virtue often ends in destruction, emphasizing that it is more important to have a bad reputation that will result in safety, in opposition to goodness, which will end in
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