In chapter 8, we learn about the tactic of using “cruelties.” What are the two ways of resorting to cruel means that Machiavelli describes? What does he say about inflicting harm? Should injuries be done all at the same time or should the doing of harm be dispersed over time (which one and why)?
What does Machiavelli say, in chapter 15, about the difference between being good and appearing to be good? Which should the Prince aspire to be and why? Do you agree with Machiavelli’s avowed assessment of the use of goodness?
In chapter 17 we learn about some of the reasons that guide Machiavelli’s decisions and prescriptions. What does he say about people (the general public or “men,” as he writes)? Does Machiavelli describe human beings as generous, courageous, and good or as lacking in these qualities? What, do you think, are the basic presuppositions that Machiavelli seems to have about the nature of human beings? What do Machiavelli’s assumptions have to do with the kind of advice that he is giving to the princes (to the rulers of human beings)? If the assumptions that Machiavelli makes about people were different, how might his advice to the Prince change?
after reading chapter 8, 14, 15, 17, 18 answer these questions in like a 5 slide power point