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Machiavelli's The Prince And Its Role In Politics In The Renaissance

820 words - 3 pages

In the time of Renaissance, which has been characterized by the age of reawakening of humanism. The prince plays one of the most important role in the dramatic developing of political in the Renaissance period and still hold an universal impact on today's politicians. However its views points has been debating over time. Machiavelli maintain the thoughts which is the essential for the cruel to a successful leader. To those of view points according to Machiavelli's thoughts are the arguments that a prince is to be clement or cruel, to be feared or loved. Those significance are appeared in his written and plays the main role in his viewpoints.
It is common to every leaders that wants to be thought as clement but not the cruel in his citizens mind. A good repetition of clement is not equal to a good condition for his nation to be dominated. Actually clement takes more risk than cruel does. A cruel leader usually govern his nation firmly though he has been hated. Such as some cruel punishment not really for punish crimes but for warning the rest of the people.
There is a famous quote in china which translate into English means execute one chicken to warn a hundred monkeys. I comprehending that a chicken doesn't worth a lot of money but the group of monkeys. To being cruel that kill a chicken is to shows monkeys as a warning to frighten them to be submit. So as the cost of lose a chicken and the repetition of clement but achieve the prestige to rest of monkeys.
Therefore i think it is important for a leader to restraint his nature thoughts out in this point. It is necessary to abandon his surface of clement to preserve his power to the nation.
Through the next subject is drawing off from this argument which considered that a prince is better to be feared or loved.
I want to start this subject with a example, which is a book that we all have read is called 1984. This book is a nightmarish prophecy to the Utopia as we know.
But if we look through it in another angle of view, you can see how successful the leader in this book control his citizens. Everyone loves Big Brother because of fear. This book shows how does the leader use people's fear to control their behavior and thoughts.
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