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Autobiography of Ben Franklin Essay

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George Daus
Section 20
“The Brilliant Mind of Benjamin Franklin”
Benjamin Franklin was a genius in every aspect. He showed his brilliance in many different walks of life. From writing to politics to traveling, he was sure to always keep himself busy. But the question is, what made him this way? Was he a product of his society? In my opinion, he was in some aspects, getting many traits from the people who surrounded him to shape the honorable character he grew to be. He was a product of his society in Boston since it was where he was born and raised. He was a product of Philadelphia because of all the business and political ties he had with the city. And he was a product of London because of the traits he learned that would later attribute his career in writing and also politics. Pinpointing one society as having a more important role in Franklin's life is difficult to do, since he is really the only one who knows. But from the book I get the feeling he wants whoever is reading it to see each society played an important part in his life in different ways.
Franklin was born in Boston in 1706. (2) Being the place of his roots, he was obviously a product of Boston, the only place he knew for the first 17 years of his life. He gained plenty of knowledge here on a wide variety of subjects. His father Josiah put him in grammar school when he was 8 years old. (33) This was when he advanced his already very able reading mind. He said in the book, “I don't remember when I couldn't read” when he talked about going to grammar school. (33) Although being in the school for just a year, he moved three classes ahead of where he started. (33) Josiah also showed him the value of work at a young age when he let Benjamin help him with his business making soap and candles. (33) Sometimes Josiah would take him to watch people like bricklayers among other things at their place of work. Franklin said he liked watching them work because it made him somewhat of a handyman around his...

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