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How Princes Should Honor Their Word: "The Prince” By Niccolo` Machiavelli

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In this book “The Prince” written by Niccolo` Machiavelli attempts to persuade the readers how princes should act in order to keep their thrones, or how to capture a throne and uphold it. He also illustrates to us how by not following this system can lead to death or becoming overthrown. I was amazed at how well his compositional skills were and in my attempt to show you how skillful of a writer and persuader he is we will look at chapter XVIII. By introducing the chapter with politics, coming up with clear and logical main points, and laying out all possibilities and consequences of those points I believed that this chapter made a very impressive persuasive argument.
From the beginning of chapter XVIII “How princes should honor their word” Machiavelli gives us a political view on how a prince should honor his word and be straight forward rather than crafty. I believe that by just stating that “everyone realizes” he is being very persuasive. Just because of how other people review it, you would want to believe what everyone else believes. Also, the facts that Machiavelli lays out for you, if you were a subject to the prince or if you were a new prince you would want know how you should be behaving. You would agree with this statement because it is logical and is what the citizens believe.
No one wants a prince to behave in crafty dealings and not be able to keep his word so Machiavelli gives us other reasons why a prince should do this. It is just not about being there for the people, it’s about being smart. Machiavelli shows us in the course of keeping your word there are other things you can do as well. Princes who achieved more were the ones who kept their word they didn’t put too much on them selves other wise they wouldn’t have been able to. So they kept their word with what they knew they could uphold. They knew how to trick men into doing what they want and abiding by the rules of the law.
After Machiavelli explains what a trustworthy price is, he sets it up for the readers to understand how you should become them through fighting by the law or by force. He explains for us to understand that by fighting by law is natural for man, but fighting by force is the beast of the man. He is persuading you understand how important it is for the prince to have both. Just being the man alone sometimes comes up short so you have to bring out your beast as well. You must know how to use both incase the other one might not work. He gives us facts about how other princes of the world were brought up like this and lets the readers know that you cannot survive otherwise. So, Machiavelli is stressing how important it is for you to have the beast and the man in order to fight by law or force, and to be capable of keeping your word.
After persuading you how important it is for you to fight by law and by beast, he proceeds to tell the readers that the beast is something forced and...

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