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The end justifies the means
End-orientation and the discourses of power
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The study of Machiavelli's The Prince takes as its starting-point the notion of the 'end', using this as a means of entry into the text which allows access to a specific series of interacting narrative and discursive processes. This chapter examines Machiavelli's text precisely from the point of view of narrative, as questions are posed concerning the textual typologies of The Prince. It focuses primarily on the text as an end-oriented, product-led narrative showing an allegiance to linearity and cohesion. With action man as its main protagonist, the narrative embodies stereotypical masculine values and positions the reader accordingly. Reader positioning is then examined in the text read as realist narrative. Informing these narrative considerations is a set of assumptions concerning the processes and effects of power relations in interconnecting areas, particularly those of gender and class.

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