Niccolò Machiavelli | Critical Essay by Mera J. Flaumenhaft

This literature criticism consists of approximately 58 pages of analysis & critique of Niccol Machiavelli.
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Critical Essay by Mera J. Flaumenhaft

SOURCE: Flaumenhaft, Mera J. “The Comic Remedy in Private Spectacle: Machiavelli's Mandragola.” In The Civic Spectacle: Essays on Drama and Community, pp. 85–121. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 1994.

In the following essay, Flaumenhaft examines Machivelli's use of comedy in support of his idea of virtù.

In October 1525, Niccolò Machiavelli wrote to his friend Francesco Guicciardini to explain some difficult passages in the Mandragola—passages that had brought Guicciardini great “distress of mind.”1 In this letter, Machiavelli playfully clarifies a colloquial expression by commenting on a mysterious sonnet by a modern writer, Burchiello. Machiavelli says he believes that a person who considers the sonnet well “may continue to stir up our times.”2 He also refers to an ancient authority—&#x...

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