What would you do if you discovered a secret that can make your life better? Not just any ordinary secret, but a special one that would tell you how to gain power/ control over others and maintain it. Would you share it with others? Well that’s what writers have been sharing for centuries; yet many of us are still unaware. The very concept of Power is extremely important especially since we the people can give it to others but never ourselves. Well two contemporary authors in regards with the subject of power are Niccolo Machiavelli, and Robert Greene. Although generations apart, both are very influential writers that have had an ever lasting impact on human history through their works. Machiavelli with his the Prince, and Greene with the
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One common similarity that has led to similar views of moral rationality was the upbringing of the writers. Whereas it was the experiences that both writers encountered throughout their lifetimes that led them astray, allowing them to see the world under a different light and exposing it for what it truly is through literature as constant struggles over power. Although both authors were exposed with different challenges due to the centuries old time gap, and had different motives; however both still arrived to the same way of reasoning.
For example Machiavelli, who was originally the secretary of the second Chancery, and the council of Ten in the Florentine Republic in 1498, “a position in which he coordinated relations with Florence’s territorial possessions” (Magedanz, 2013) acted as an emissary travelling around Europe and Italy collecting information, and negotiating with the republic’s allies; all of which would lead towards him to obtaining plenty of life experiences teaching him about the inner workings of power in politics. And “during this period, he would go onto have opportunities to meet and observe many of the major political figures of the period” (Magedanz, 2013). Such as “Caterina Sforza (in 1499), King Louis XII of France (in 1500, 1504, 1510, and 1511), Cesare Borgia (in 1502 and 1503), Pandolfo Petrucci (in 1503 and 1504), Pope Julius II (in 1503 and 1506), and Emperor Maximilian II (from 1507 to 1508)” (Magedanz, 2013). All of which would go onto