scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 937
In reading Machiavellis The Prince one would gather many insights into the sort of moves a ruler should make and into the mind of Machiavelli Machiavelli has many topics and gives a lot of advice but some of his advice is more drastic than others For instance Machiavelli states that cruelty should be pursued in occasional acts of severity as needed to put a message out to the public It is used to set an example and grab the attention and most importantly fear of the princes subjects Machiavelli states this because in order for the Prince to keep his subjects fearing him which Machiavelli leans toward as a better option than their love the Prince must exercise his authority and show the people that he means business In order to keep them under control and prevent any sort of insurrection Therefore Machiavellis references to necessary cruelty and being feared are simply actions a ruler must take to keep safety and order in a kingdom Cruelty is a subject which dictators and princes alike have dealt with as long as crimes have required punishment It is a tough subject for a ruler to deal with but it is necessary that a ruler according to Machiavellis point of view be cruel when it is needed Machiavellis justification is that if a ruler comes out with cruelty against one or a few individuals for a crime or any disobedient action It is better to inflict consequences on a few individuals than it is to be merciful and to let the problem at hand grow If you let something slide before the public people see it The public may have higher favor for or even love a king if he grants mercy However it only triggers another affect from those who would commit a crime which requires consequences The people who are on the side of the guilty party and people who are simply on the opposite side
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA