Comparing Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince And Discourses

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Throughout The Prince and Discourses, Niccolò Machiavelli talks in great length, and seems to endorse, power, deception, and cruelty. There is one passage in particular that I found to contradict Machiavelli’s viewpoint on dominance and to support the fact that he is perhaps a classical republican. The way Machiavelli praises Rome in Chapter 2 of Discourses shows that he believes there is a way to make the system work without a “prince” being feared by his subjects. In this passage he starts out by listing the three forms of government; Principality, Aristocracy, Democracy and then goes on to say “those who set up a government in any particular state must adopt one of them” (353). He proceeds to say that while good at first, these can all

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