The Book of the Courtier' by Baldassare Castiglione: A Summary

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Baldassare Castiglione paints a complex picture concerning the idea of courtesy during the sixteenth century. However, many of the ideas it addresses are largely considered to be outdated today and many would consider some of them to be absurd. It possible, although, to be a gentleman or a lady in the contemporary society as long as one takes into account a series of principles that dominate thinking in the present. In order to be a well-rounded person in the contemporary society one would first have to be educated, as it provides the opportunity to enrich knowledge and to develop the ability to interact with others on a higher level. Interaction is another important concept that one needs to consider, as by developing strong relations with people regardless of their status, he or she is more likely to experience progress. The individual needs to be able to put across a feeling of grace in order to be appreciated by persons he or she interacts with. Survey 1. Would you choose to befriend a well-educated person rather than someone 'normal'? 2. Do you believe nonchalance is a key attribute in a successful person today? 3. Does someone need to have a lot of friends in order for him or her to be happy? 4. How do you react when you interact with someone you consider to be a perfect gentleman or a perfect lady? 5. When did you last see someone you considered to be a perfect gentleman or a perfect lady? Leslie Ronson, 42, stay-at-home mom: 1. I believe that being friends with

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