Essay on Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

1441 Words May 5th, 2011 6 Pages

Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography is an inspiring tale of his personal, as well as public achievement throughout his life. Franklin’s life embodies the exemplary model of a life composed of discipline, self-reliance and self improvement. From his humble beginnings as an apprentice candle and soap maker in his father’s business to a successful business man, author, philosopher, civil activist, politician scientist, inventor, and diplomat, above all Benjamin Franklin was, and still is, an American Icon and truly a pioneer of the American Dream. Dr. Franklin made it a point in his autobiography to detail his life as a young man. The youngest of thirteen children, his father was unable to afford
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However as in anyone’s life, there were moments where he found himself unsure or in dangerous situations and when presented sound advice from older, reputable men and woman of character he heeded, which kept him out of trouble on several occasions.
In matters of keeping in good health and overall well being, Dr. Franklin also had much to write about. He repeatedly takes a stand against the dangers of excessive consumption of alcohol, and gave many examples of how persons who took to drinking exhibited a lack of usefulness in regard to work, where negligent in their business, and also garnered poor reputations. Franklin encouraged the discipline of temperance, which he did not relegate only to the use of alcohol, but also food. Early in life Franklin even became a vegetarian which he kept to for a time. Later he abandoned it but through the practice had accustomed himself to being satisfied with meager amount of food and listed the benefit of eating for health and not ascribing to gluttony.
This lifestyle of temperance also assisted Franklin in another area that he gave great importance to, which was saving money. Franklin stressed the value of frugality and keeping oneself out of debt. He mentions debt twenty-two times in his autobiography; some instances in regard to others to give lesson of to the severity in which debt can impact a person’s life and decisions, and examples of how he himself handled his debts and the degree of conviction he maintained about

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