The Prince Book Review
Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince with the intention of giving Lorenzo de’ Medici pointers on how to be a better prince. In his writing, Machiavelli talks about things from how to avoid flatters to whether it is better to be feared than loved. I personally agree with most of Machiavelli’s opinion on how to rule as a prince. He, however much he was trying to help, was a bit arrogant in writing this. Nonetheless, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince has become a controversial, beginners guide on how to be an excellent political leader. Before reading this book, I did not think about how one should rule the people of his/her country. The Prince managed to get me thinking about it, no matter how hard it was to read at first. As for it conflicting with my view of the world and my morals, it does not very much. However, Machiavelli wrote that a prince should have five main qualities, and if they do not possess all of these, then they should appear to have the ones that they do not have. This is pretty much lying in my eyes. Appearing to be what one is not is being a fake person. If someone is a political leader and pretending to be what they are not, (which, I’ve heard, many politicians do), I do not find it ethical to lie to the people unless it is a matter of life and death. While I was reading and thinking about my opinions and my views as opposed to Machiavelli’s, I found that much of it challenged my views on this subject (of ruling). But as I kept reading, I saw that Machiavelli had reasons for what he wrote. Machiavelli brought multiple example from past times of hits and misses from other princes. Niccolò Machiavelli was trying to help [The Magnificent] Lorenzo de’ Medici to be a superior prince by using countless examples and detailed specifics of how to stand taller than other princes. When I first started reading this book, I did not agree with what Machiavelli was writing, mostly because I did not like it. After completing The...
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