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Never is it easy for a writer to organize his ideas with those of past writers and have a noticeable effect on the world of his times This is especially the issue as a writer uses ideas spanning nearly six centuries before him The thoughts and writings of Niccolo Machiavelli William Shakespeare and John Locke as well as their premises about nature are what Chinua Achebe very closely parallels Niccolo Machiavelli 1469-1530 an Italian writer who is seen as an amoral cynic and who is reputedly associated with corrupt governments wrote The Prince in 1513 as an advisory and guide of sorts for Lorenzo the Magnificent di Medici Machiavellianism according to the Merriam-Websters Dictionary is suggesting the principles of conduct laid down by Machiavelli specifically marked by cunning duplicity or bad faith Though that is a narrow and short-sighted description of what Machiavelli really is getting at in The Prince His is a voice of reason advancing the idea for the need of a strong central government especially in Italy at the time of his writing in 1513 The situation of Italy is what really inspired Machiavelli to take the positions he did Italy was engulfed at that point in history in large-scale blackmail violence political conflicts political instability fear invasion and general political intrigue Foreign powers repeatedly won and controlled Italy during this time Botha Biography 22 In such an unstable and dangerous environment no wonder Machiavelli would suggest for a ruler to be ruthless If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared wrote Machiavelli He also wrote in The Prince men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs they will always let themselves be deceived After even momentarily looking at such quotes it is no wonder why Machiavelli is seen as being associated with despotic governments and ruthless leaders People however generally tend to forget that Machiavelli
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