Date: March 29, 2007
Creator: Kniatt, Stacey & Johnson, Ken
Description: This paper discusses a research study on Machiavelli's 'The Prince' as a satire. For centuries, scholars have viewed 'The Prince' as a work representative of Machiavelli's shift in political ideology, howoever, this work does not accurately reflect Machiavelli's true opinions. In 'The Prince', Machiavelli expressed his views about how a ruler should act. For many years, scholars took Machiavelli at his word: malice, nastiness, insincerity, and a lack of gratitude are characteristic of princes. Later scholars reexamined the work and started to doubt the seriousness of Machiavelli's message. In fact, several authors have suggested that Machiavelli wrote 'The Prince' as a résumé to the Medici family in hopes of securing a government position. Another point greatly debated, and supportive of 'The Prince' as a satire, is the idea that Machiavelli wrote 'The Prince' after he drafted the first part of 'The Discourses on Livy'. His thinking and the theme of his works shift from republicanism in 'The Discourses' to pragmatism and recognition of the need for a prince's control in 'The Prince'. Scholars believe that Machiavelli may have written 'The Prince' before 'The Discourses on Livy' and therefore always believed that a republic is the ideal government. 'The Prince' challenges ...
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