Lesson 1 (from Book One, The Development of Rome's Constitution, Preface, The Best Form of Government, Religion, The Transition From Servitude to Freedom)
Book One, The Development of Rome's Constitution, Preface, The Best Form of Government, Religion, The Transition From Servitude to Freedom
Introductory letter to Zanobi Buondelmonti and Cosimo Rucellai: Niccolo Machiavelli, depending on the source, is either a political mastermind who has set the model for how powerful politicians use their offices for the benefit of their systems, or a cynical, ambitious opportunist who sought to enhance his status by winning the favor of those in power with political advice. The objective of this lesson is to investigate who Niccolo Machiavelli was and begin examining his intentions behind writing "The Discourse" by using the analytical techinique of SOAPSTone, which examines:
Subject of the writing.
Occasion of the writing.
Audience of the document.
Purpose for writing.
Speaker in the writing.
Tone of the document.
1. Individual Activity: SOAPSTone Machiavelli's introductory letter from "The Discourses". Use the SOAPSTone technique...
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