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Mandragola by Niccolò Machiavelli
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Mar 29, 12

did not like it
bookshelves: theater, italian-literature
Read in February, 2012

Like another comment I also found the modern reading of this play to be that of an extended rape plot and work of societal rape apology. This is not surprising considering the parallels Machiavelli uses in the story to the 'myth' of the rape of Lucretia and the founding of Rome. In the myth, Lucretia is forced into being raped and in reward gains the title of empress. Obviously this is Machiavelli's way of making a political remark about the state of Florentine government and corruption at the time.

This work parallels prior works of Hroswitha who also uses the medieval idea of sin of the body, not of the mind as a way to detach ideas of purity from those of Christian faith. This made for great material for an academic paper, but I personally detested the idea and this particular play.
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