Benjamin Franklin Autobiography Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… At a young age, after fighting with his brother he quit his job and moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for a man named Samuel Keimer. The story of the trials and tribulations of getting to Philadelphia is quite remarkable. Along the way he speaks at times of giving up on ever getting there and perhaps even returning home, but he perseveres. After becoming friends with some of the local politicians, including the Governor, he went to England. He spent a year and a half working for a printer with his friend James Ralph and returned to Philadelphia in 1726. Eventually, he took over The Pennsylvania Gazette from Keimer, the man he worked for when he first arrived in Philadelphia, and turned it into a successful publication with tools brought back from London. This was a major turning point in the life of Benjamin Franklin. He married Ms. Reed and had a son for whom this manuscript was written. All throughout this part of the Autobiography there is a sense of self-promotion going on as Franklin begins to realize how important he had become to the people around him. It is difficult to say whether it was intentional or if was just getting more comfortable writing his …show more content…
As he gets into the latter stages of the Autobiography, we see some possible reasons for the self-promotion. Franklin is building a legacy as well as gaining political capital and leverage which he will need during the Revolutionary War. The newspaper does very well, and he maintains a good working relationship with his printing office in the Carolinas. Throughout the 1740’s, Franklin is working on a public project known as the “Academy”. The project was not very successful in the beginning and Franklin stopped working on it for a while but resumed the project in 1743. Franklin enlists the help of his club, the Junto, and eventually, the public works project called the Academy became a college and in 1756 was renamed the University of Pennsylvania. Also in 1756, the Pennsylvania Assembly appointed Franklin to the position of the Commissioner to England. His responsibilities included arguing for the rights of the colonies to the English hierarchy. Franklin’s reputation for having a vast scientific knowledge of overseas matters reportedly gets him the job more than anything else. During this same time period, Franklin is working on building the defenses of the colonies. He keeps up to date on the progress of the war which goes very well for the British. Perhaps it is his observations of the British military strategies during this period that guide his thoughts processes in the revolution to come some years later. He would often critique the leadership from either side. Was he attempting to identify weaknesses and character flaws that could be exploited later? That is a possibility but it is not alluded to in the

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