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Satirical, Heretical Machiavelli

By: Miss Marm

I love The Prince, which I consider a sturdy and useful set of instructions for anyone in charge of managing other people (and not a ruthless and weaselly set of instructions on how to be evil). This Sparkler seems to like the book, too:

I'm a first-year university student starting a paper on Machiavelli. My question was simply "is Machiavelli's work 'The Prince' heretical?" I was just wondering if you could help me out with the definition of "heretical?" Does the word necessitate religion? Because although he says in Chapter 18 that religion—and Christianity in particular—may not be necessary for a prince, I don't think he ever fully negates Christ's existence or denies religion, does he?

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What Is Satire, Anyway?

By: Miss Marm

A Sparkler writes:

I have a major essay to do regarding satire in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Do you think you could explain satire? I'm not sure how to tackle this (and I have been working on it for sometime!) and would appreciate some guidance. Does satire have to do with characters? plot? something else entirely? HELP!

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