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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli | Short Summary


In the reading by Machiavelli, a prince should be either loved or respected for him to be successful. This notion may not always apply; rather there are other ways for managing the affairs which are human in the political or civic arena (15).

Gaining honor is a way of managing human affairs in that a prince can use religion to be able to sustain his state since religion is associated with honor. This does not need one to be loved either should they be feared, rather they are associated with something which is honorable.

Selecting fine servants is seen as noble and shows the intelligence level of the prince. If the servants are loyal to the prince, then the prince is said to be wise. This helps to deal with human affairs without using fear or love. This can also entail staying away from people who flatter the prince. This is a good way of managing human affairs since avoiding flatters shows that the prince listens to wise advice (Machiavelli 48).

Prudence is a factor that can be used by a prince to manage human affairs since people like a prince who is charitable and prudent, unlike those that will use fear or love to run a state. Supporting the people in various affairs like making a monetary contribution to development projects is a trait that people like in a prince (Machiavelli 90).
Being a man of their word is a trait that people like in a prince. This implies that if a prince does what he promises to the people, then the human affairs will be manageable. This also entails being polite to the people, hence from this reading, it is conclusive to state that being feared or being loved my not be the only way of managing human affairs (Machiavelli 124).

Work Cited
Machiavelli, Niccolò€. Machiavelli: The Prince. Cambridge: CSF Publishing, 2011.

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