Essay heading: Machiavelli

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Machiavelli does not directly condemn those who study and espouse the ideal; he condemns them for failing to study the real as well and claims that this oversight will lead to their ruin. In other words, hope for the best and plan for the worst, a quite depressingly, realistic world view. One of the most colorful analogies that Machiavelli makes is when he describes the teacher of Achilles...
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A brilliant example of man's inherent paradox, Chiron, the centaur, was significant to Machiavelli because he was half man and half beast making the argument that one without the other has no lasting effect. "As the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves, you have to be a fox in order to be wary of traps, and a lion to overawe the wolves...
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