The Three Sides of Benjamin Franklin Book Review by tony22279

The Three Sides of Benjamin Franklin
A review of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography including the manner in which the book is written as well as Franklin's self-portrait.
# 128498 | 994 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800) , Literature (General)

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This paper looks at how throughout his life, at different stages, Benjamin Franklin compiled his own autobiography. The paper discusses how since the autobiography was written in basically three different stages and times of his life, the exact image he portrays adapts to his intended audience. It looks at how in part one Franklin depicts himself as the more common American who rises from poverty and overcomes adversity, whereas in parts two and three he portrays himself as a role model and an accomplished statesman respectively.

From the Paper:

"In part one Franklin officially writes to his son with the intent of providing a better perception of his true character and more details of the more trivial events of his life and therefore depicts himself as a very admirable, self-made man. After describing his family heritage, Franklin builds a foundation for a rise from poverty by depicting his family as rather poor, providing him with limited resources for success. He describes how his father sends him to school in hopes that he may one day become a cleric but must withdraw from this so that young Ben may begin working to help provide income for the family (6). This situation presents a struggle between education and poverty which most people would give up because it seems impossible to gain an education when one cannot afford schooling. However, Franklin describes how he conquers this situation by spending "all the little Money that came into [his] hands" on books, beginning his depiction as a self-educated man. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Franklin, Benjamin. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography. Ed. J.A. Leo Lemay and P. M. Zall. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1986.

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