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Machiavelli and the Admirable Virtue of Cesare Borgia
Instructions: 5 page interpretive essay written on Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince", including in text citations from "The Prince" and scholarly articles supporting my argument. My thesis is that Cesare Borgia is the near-perfect prince who exemplifies Machiavelli's radical theory of virtue that holds no regard for morality other than what is necessary to attain and preserve a state. Machiavelli uses Cesare Borgia's parable to prove that morality is a malleable tool to use when convenient and abandon when inconvenient.