“Dear Abby” in which you IMITATE Machiavelli’s The Prince

Write a 750-word (three-page) advice column, in the style of “Dear Abby” in which you IMITATE Machiavelli’s The Prince. Remember imitation means to pay homage to and compete with an authoritative writer. 1. Decide which one of these groups that your essay will advise: Parents, on how to raise their children Employers, on how to manage their employees Romantic partners, on how to manage their beloved 2. Choose at least five “sayings” attributed to Machiavelli. These MUST BE FOUND IN YOUR TEXTBOOK and cited by page number. No Goodreads quotations! 3. Write a series of Dear Abby responses as if you were Machiavelli instructing your group on how to manage their “subjects” (children or employees or romantic interests). You must explain how the sayings apply to “real life.” Feel free to use humor in your responses! For example: Dear Abby, My children are so greedy and they always want more and more toys, even when I can’t afford to buy them. What should I do? Overwhelmed Mom in Kansas Dear Overwhelmed, Machiavelli writes: “Nothing wastes so rapidly as liberality, for even whilst you exercise it, you lose the power to do so, and so become either poor or despised, or, in avoiding poverty, rapacious and hated.” HERE spend a paragraph explaining the Machiavellian phrase and relating it to Renaissance culture. Then, apply the “saying” to a situation in modern life. For example: “Machiavellian ideas can be applied to your children. If you are shopping in Target and your child wants a toy, follow this advice. Machiavelli says (and I am paraphrasing here) that if you do buy the toy you will become poor; if you don’t buy the toy and therefore save your money, you will be hated by your child every time you say ‘no.’ Instead, give your child a small allowance. Instead of bothering you for new toys all the time and then despising you when you say no, your son or daughter will have the power to create his or her own budget. Each will buy his or her own toys. You will save money and still be loved!”

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