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- Length: 4 Pages
- Topic: Black Studies - Philosophy
- Paper #: 87281117
In Chapter 25 of the Prince, Machiavelli addresses the topic of fortune and its effect on rulers and their states. Machiavelli makes two main statements about fortune. First, the author claims that the good leader transcends fortune's vicissitudes. Free will, notes Machiavelli, trumps luck. Second, Machiavelli urges rulers to control and command fortune.
Fortune is female in the Prince for two reasons. One, females are associated with nature, and Machiavelli uses