Machiavellian Evaluation of Hamlet

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Niccolo Machiavelli is undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic figures in the long evolving history of political thought of modern Europe. No other doctrine of any other political theorist has been so intensely dissected, read, reread and researched upon even after five hundred years. Machiavelli has been accused and accepted, revered and rejected, celebrated and condemned…very few political theorists have actually managed to cause such diverse reactions in the minds of people all over the world. It is understandable that the main cause of such diverse and contradictory reactions is the so called "immorality" in the text. Undoubtedly, Machiavelli advices the Prince to be as opportunistic and immoral as possible. "A prince and especially…show more content…
According to Machiavelli the rulers who come to power by crime can survive if they use cruelty in the beginning to establish and determine his authority and then use it to maintain and preserve the state Claudius fails to exercise cruelty, he usurps the Kingdom in stealth. He should have complete murdered the royal clan, killing the queen and disposing the prince. He should have wiped off the royal clan to eliminate the possibility of revenge and then he should have ruled with an iron fist.. putting down the general population and then satisfying them later. He does not do all that at all, thus the "rotten" stench of the court reaches the commoners too. He marries the queen, causing tremendous discontent and affliction in the heart of the young prince. "Frailty thy name is woman- A little month, or ere those shoes were old/With which she follow'd my poor father's body,/Like Niobe, all tears-why, she- /O, God a beast that wants discourse of reason/Would have mourned longer-married with my uncle,/My father's brother-but no more like my father/Than I to Hercules." Act 1 Sc 2 146-153 He does not kill the prince when he should have as the prince had the sympathy of the public, but when he finally decides to kill the young prince it is too late. Thus Claudius's plot fails and in the climax he is killed by Hamlet. Fortinbras on the other hand attains the throne easily and we can thus expect
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