Benjamin Franklin and Perfection Analytical Essay by Research Group

Benjamin Franklin and Perfection
Examines the virtues set out by American inventor, Benjamin Franklin, in his desire to become a perfect human being.
# 26240 | 947 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 27, 2003 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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Through his words and actions presented in "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin", Franklin exemplified the ideal man he strove to be in his journey towards success and prosperity. The paper shows that by devoting himself continuously to improving himself, Franklin embarked on a project to arrive at "moral Perfection". Although he eventually gave up his objective to be perfect, he made tremendous progress in mending his faults and changing himself for the better. In this paper the virtues Franklin enumerated in his project are explored, because they constituted key elements of Franklin's character, which enabled him to succeed in his life.

From the Paper:

"In his work, he considered "Industry as a Means of obtaining Wealth and Distinction" (Franklin 88). Indeed, Franklin exhibited this quality throughout his struggle to establish himself as a printer and afterwards in all his endeavors. When he first acquired his business, he devoted his entire existence to working hard without any distractions: "I was seen at no Places of idle Diversion; I never went out a-fishing or shooting" (Franklin 73). During this period, he also demonstrated his sincerity in his dealings with other businessmen by "paying duly for what [he] bought" (Franklin 73). Even in his young age, Franklin had already understood that "Truth, Sincerity & Integrity in Dealings between Man & Man, were of the utmost Importance to the Felicity of Life" (63). Through his exemplary conduct towards other business people, he attracted business from them so that his business throve (Franklin 73). In his endeavor to achieve success as a printer, he demonstrated tremendous resolve and commitment, never deviating from his path, unlike the other printers he described in the book, such as Keimer, who fell by the wayside."

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