The Book of the Courtier

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George Knapp
2/17/13
Professor J. Russell
16th+17th Century Italy
Prompt 2
Outline:
* Intro: What is a courtier?
-How does the discussion start, and what does it turn into?
-Who is mainly speaking in the text? And talk about how they question each other * P1: bring up the question about how readers depict the different purposes of the courtier * Different views( the book is a practical guidebook on how to become a courtier, philosophical discussion and not a guidebook) * Could there be alternative views * P2:If you’re looking at it from the discussion and manner of the actual courtiers conversing in the book VS. what the courtiers believe the ideal courtier is. * P3: standing for the first viewpoint of (looks at the book as a whole instead of what is discussed in the book * How the characters in the book act, because they are courtiers themselves * How would someone use the book as a practical guidebook * Doing what the characters in the book are doing * P4 (looking at it from the second viewpoint) as if the ideal courtier could never be acheieved by someone * Counter argurments in the book * Everyone has a different idea of what’s perfect. * Talk about the difficulty in trying to achieve perfection * P5 my viewpoint: it could be both depending on how you look at the book. * I agree with the first viewpoint but I also find it absurd that someone would use this book as a way to become the gentlemen that is a courtier * I think that the second viewpoint is more focused on how the courtiers describing the perfect courtier, while the first view point is more about how to become a courtier even if they’re not the ideal courtier. * The second viewpoint seems kind of obtuse to me because if someone did want to become a courtier similar to the ones in the time of this book then they could.…...

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