Ladies and Gentlemen Survey and Report
Dr. Terry Hammons
Ladies and gentlemen survey and report
People who are well-rounded are perceived differently by different people with respect to what they consider as balancing of the world around them. More considerations are given to the nature of the surrounding around people in terms of how they behave, what is expected of them and if they coincide with their age, success in life or anticipated wisdom at specific age. The level of socialization of a well-rounded individual is expected to be moderate in such a manner that one can converse with almost everyone, but not all. Reflecting on the argument of Castiglione in The Courtier, there are several traits of an individual that are similar to what is perceived today as well-rounded characteristics. However, the similarity or difference evident is due to changes in the current situations and activities, age, gender, location and with respect to culture. Characteristics of a Well-Rounded Person "I'uomo universal" According to Castiglione in The Courtier A noble and dignified man should possess certain traits that are not only accepted by his society, but that which presents self-respect and righteousness. Some of these characteristics with reflection on the arguments in the book, The Courtier include: 1. An Courtier should be well brought-up and of a good strengthen- an individual should portray some respect from childhood to adulthood and to old age. The strength of such a person should not only be physical but mental with favorable maturity and respect for others, and self. 2. He should be generously proportioned and good-natured in expression not only to those who are older that him or her but even to the younger. It is the hope of every individual to expect deference from others, thus a noble individual should learn to show value to other, that they are respected too. 3. A courtier should not be boastful for no apparent reasons, and should not charmingly praise oneself regardless of little achievements in life. A gentleman should also not praise or be boastful of his achievements or good qualities. According to Castiglione, a man who is involved in such practices is unintelligent and unrespectable to the society at large. 4. A gentleman should not be womanish in his acts, deeds and/or sayings. With respect to the book, there are some men who act as if they regret why they were born male, thereby adapting the feminine characteristics. Such men cannot be considered to be gentlemen, but rather charlatans and hypocrites. 5. A noble individual should possess the leadership skills and traits, such as speaking the truth, able to convince people to do what is right and possessing wisdom. He should be a good and fluent speaker, able to reason and able to confess his unawareness, failures and ignorance to others (Burke, 1996). 6. A diligent man should be skillful and intelligent in handling cases with respect to the nature of the issues or conflicts. This goes in line with ability to leap well, fight barriers and to be at a position to brogue with men of the Courtney. On the other hand, Castiglione described the traits that a good lady should possess. Some of these characteristics include (Castiglione, 1528): 1. A respectable lady should be well born and be inquisitive. According to Castiglione, such lady is able to instigate and probe, thus creating safety for one self and the society. They are intelligent and of hood grace thus, can be responsible for their family. 2. A decent and upright woman should be witty, sharp, and clever and have the ability to foresee. 3. She should be involved in the activities and practices of a woman. She should be sweet language and able to entertain men in her talk and laughter. She should be wise and courteous, pleasant and ever temperate. 4. She should possess uniqueness when conversing with men older than her, or...
References: Burke, P (1996). The Fortunes of the Courtier. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press.
Castiglione, B (1528). The Book of the Courtier: Renaissance Man: Polymath. London: Frances Lincoln
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