The Prince

The Prince: Top Ten Quotes

Though others try to gain the approval of princes by means of expensive material gifts and riches, Machiavelli asserts that the most valuable possession he can give is his political knowledge “acquired in the course of a long experience of modern affairs and a continual study of antiquity.” Machiavelli criticizes Louis for conquering lands that …

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The Prince: Theme Analysis

Machiavellis The Prince was one of the first humanist works of the Renaissance.  Indeed it is a work of art, a literary masterpiece of sorts.  Yet this work has been vehemently debated over the centuries and remains one of the most controversial pieces of writing today.  Although many critics consider The Prince a satire, simply …

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The Prince: Metaphor Analysis

Though Machiavelli usually refrains from using metaphors in his writing, there are three instances in The Prince were metaphors are used to support a point. The first metaphor comes in chapter three.  Here, Machiavelli uses medicine to symbolize the princes preparedness for unforeseen troubles.  If the prince takes the medicine early, before the problem is …

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