by Friedrich Nietzsche
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Excerpt from The Prince
- Niccoló Machiavelli
Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, and writer based in Florence. His masterpiece, The Prince, published in 1532, advises new princes on how to get and retain power by any means necessary.Pair “Excerpt from The Prince” with “On the Doctrine of the Feeling of Power” and ask students to compare the texts. Do they share any similar themes or ideas? On what do they differ?
The Scramble for Africa
- Mike Kubic
This informational text summarizes the European and American colonization and plundering of Africa, as well as Africans’ resistance and eventual independence movements.Pair “The Scramble for Africa” with “On the Doctrine of Feeling the Power” and ask students to discuss power as a motivator for hurting others. Ask students to discuss why the Belgians under King Leopold II may have engaged in such a brutal campaign against the Congolese workers, according to Nietzsche.
2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia
- Thomas Fuller and Julia Wallace
The New York Times article “2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia” discusses the trial that convicted two leaders of an organization in Cambodia that committed crimes against its people.Pair “On the Doctrine of the Feeling of Power” and “2 Khmer Rouge Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia” and ask students to classify which profile of power the Khmer Rouge members fit. Did they truly feel they had the power? Why or why not? How could the balance of power be restored among the Khmer Rouge leaders and their victims?