48 Laws of power: re-create yourself

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48 Laws of power: re-create yourself

By | April 2013
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In The 48 Laws of Power, Law 25: “Re-Create Yourself” and Law 37: “Create Compelling Spectacles”, go hand in hand as the ideal laws for those who desire to gain the power of fame. Many people can acquire fame, but they lack the ability and knowledge in maintain it, thus, resulting in the loss of their fame. This is the cycle that we have seen many celebrities or artists go through yet very few are able to master their fame. Those who have lost their fame were not successful in re-creating themselves or creating compelling spectacles, which Lady Gaga, however, is a true master of. Whether it is her outrageous fashion statements, grand public controversies or even her music, Lady Gaga has found many ways to romance the world into demanding more of her. Therefore, Lady Gaga is successful in maintaining her fame due to her mastering of both Law 25 and Law 37. Robert Greene's Law 25 is for individuals who want to remake themselves into a character of power and maintain it. The world wants to assign us roles in life, Greene advises to not accept the roles that society foists on the individual because the role that we accept limits our power. In order to protect oneself from the limits of the world, one needs to re-create oneself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bore the audience (191). In order to master Law 25, Greene advises: Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define it for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life. (191) Your new identity will protect you from the world precisely because it is not “you”; it is a costume you put on and take off. You need not take it personally. And your new identity sets you apart, gives you theatrical presences. Those in the back rows can see you and hear you. Those in the front rows marvel at your audacity. (195)

With Law 25 in mind, individuals can then successfully...