Obedience (Shakespeare and Machiavelli)

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Obedience is a thing that we encounter daily. It is critical for something as large as a country to function but can be found in something as small as the family unit. Disobedience is equally evident in society; past and present. One could even argue that history is made by the choices of either obedience or disobedience. So what is our attitude towards obedience? As mentioned before it comes on many different levels. When we have the choice between obeying the request of a parent, we might not put any weight on our decision. However, in regards to a ruler of a nation, I believe that we see obedience as an absolute. You cannot disobey a president, or king. These attitudes were the same hundreds of years ago. Shakespeare and Machiavelli were both great writers of their times. Their works have passed the test of the years and are still viewed as valuable today. Machiavelli believed that obedience to a ruler was only called for when the ruler's interests were in tune with those of the people as well. Shakespeare, on the other hand, had a different view. He saw that obedience to a king was an absolute. This meant that even if the ruler was wrong, or doing evil, it was the duty of the subjects to obey that ruler.

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