Machiavelli Critical Writing #4
Introduction: Many people who have read The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli were appalled by Machiavelli’s fierce and authorative tone he used to assert his ideas, especially his concept of how the ends justify the means, which slowly made people begin to criticize him and his book as immoral, wicked, and evil. For this reason, Machiavelli began to be insulted as a ruthless and evil person, or in the adopted term, a Machiavellian. Machiavelli didn’t wish to care for morals or spiritual integrity; however, he didn’t arrange to establish the approach to wickedness. As a matter of fact, he argues that the concept the ends justify the means are meant to be followed, but only when necessary commands for it to happen. Machiavelli isn’t trying to force someone to take his advice; however, he gives the reader a bunch of examples so that they can reflect hard on whether acting in this way is really going to contribute one to long term security; he leaves it to the reader to think about it. Conversely, there may be some difficulties that may arise when unworthy means are used to achieve worthy ends that Machiavelli didn’t consider such as misinterpretation, chaos, and people leading toward hatred against the one who committed this act. Although some difficulties may arise, Machiavelli does a really magnificent job in informing the circumstances in which questionable means are used to achieve unworthy ends through a combination of experience, logic, examples of how numerous rulers governed plus their result, and imagination. Based on historical situations and even my own situations, I agree with his concept that the ends justify the means when it is necessary because sometimes one must have to use immoral actions so it can lead to a positive result. (Topic Sentence): In Machiavelli’s book The Prince he states a phrase “the ends justify the means”, in modern words, this phrase means that anything is acceptable if it leads to a successful result. (Reflection): Machiavelli made me rethink if the ends do justify the means. Before reading this book I had assumed that making immoral acts to attain a certain necessity was a really poor way to resolve; however, Machiavelli made me reconsider that this method could be legitimate to follow when it is necessary. (Extension): Machiavelli presents an interesting look at his belief that unworthy means are used to achieve worthy ends when it comes to saving a country or kingdom. He declares, “And if he must take someone’s life, he should do so when there is proper justification and manifest cause..” (Jacobus 46). As a matter of fact, Machiavelli’s concept can be linked back to World War II when the United States dropped the Atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the purpose of ending the war. (Agree/Disagree): Therefore, I agree with Machiavelli’s concept that the ends justify the means, but to a certain limit and only when it is necessary. (Topic Sentence): Although I agree with Machiavelli’s idea, on the other hand, there can be some difficulties that may arise when unworthy means are used to achieve worthy ends such as misinterpretation. (Tempering the position): Machiavelli states, “A prince, therefore, must not have any other object nor any other thought, nor must he take anything as his profession but war, it’s institutions, and its discipline; because that is the only profession which benefits one who commands...” (Jacobus 40). However, he didn’t consider that some people can misinterpret the standard of right and wrong. Reading this book might make people think that he is a Machiavellian, a very cruel and evil person, because the way his tone sounds like. However, Powell says, "But, in fact, Machiavelli was not at all "Machiavellian" as the word is understood. He was not amoral; nor was he devious or evil" (That's What Machiavelli Can Teach Us 23). (Reflection): With that in mind, Machiavelli’s style of writing made me reconsider if...
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