Questions for the *Prince,* Chs. 12-19

  • In chapter 15, Machiavelli talks about how some virtuous behaviors will lead to a ruler’s downfall and some wicked ways of behaving will lead to welfare and peace of mind. What do you think about this? is it right to act in such a way in order to keep rule?
    In chapter 18, Machiavelli states that “people judge by outcomes” (pg. 539). Do you think this is true or is it also important to pay close attention to a leader’s true character?
  • While it is ideal to be both loved and feared, Machiavelli states that since it is difficult to achieve that perfect mix, it is better to be feared. Do you think this is true? Is it possible to fear without hate?
    In what ways can a ruler inspire love?
  • According to Machiavelli, what are qualities that can bring a prince praise or blame? Machiavelli discusses that a prince cannot have all the qualities considered to be good, so what should a prince be “wise enough” to understand in order to be a good/popular ruler?
  • What are the two ways to fight according to Machiavelli and what does a prince need to know in order to become a good fighter? Machiavelli says a good fighter needs to embody lions and foxes. Why must a prince emulate both of these “beasts” in order to be a good fighter?

One thought on “Questions for the *Prince,* Chs. 12-19

  1. Lianna

    I do agree with Machiavelli- that it is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot find the balance. It is ideal that the ruler finds the balance between being loved and being feared which would create a relationship of mutual respect. If the ruler is just loved, people may feel that they can do whatever they want, with no limits. While the leader should be a friend, they also need to have some form of control. I do believe that you can have fear without having hate. For example, parents. They are loved, but also instill some form of fear within their children. The ruler is there to help assist people and help things run smoothly, and to do this they need to be loved and feared.

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