Biography Of Benjamin Franklin And His Works Essay

1733 Words Sep 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Early America was neither an easy place to live, nor an easy task: making a country out of nothing. A new land presented new opportunity; and with opportunity, came new challenges and surprises. With no manuscript to guide them, the early settlers took pen to pad and wrote what became history. What these writers, or rather Early American authors, wrote is what history of the modern US goes off of. And, in addition to a different terrain the newcomers had faced, the authors displayed differences in writing styles, experiences and views. To analyze, compare, contrast, and analyze once more all which is written, is there a knowledge gained as to who they were. Benjamin Franklin is a noteworthy figure in many sects in the advancing of the American people, so he and his works are presented first.

The “Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” starts as a letter, “Dear Son,...” (I “Ancestry and Early Youth” Franklin). In the beginning of his book, Mr. Franklin is taking time to reflect on the decision of his ancestors, his childhood and his coming up from an impoverishment. “Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred, to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world...” (I), stating the fact he knew he had “come up” in society. But, with all the new social rank and prestige which surrounded him, he still had a great sense of humility. “And now I speak of thanking God, I desire with all humility to acknowledge that I owe the mentioned…

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