Analysis On The Man In The Mirror

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What comes to mind when you think of the word “traitor”? To many people the man Benedict Arnold is the first to mind. I read the book The Man in the Mirror: A Life of Benedict Arnold by Clare Brandt. Born in 1971, he was one of two of his mother’s eleven children to survive into adulthood. While volunteering to serve for his country he fought with skill and courage in many campaigns during the American Revolution, not many people know that the description above is for the man Benedict Arnold, who is best known for betraying his country. This book really showed him growing up, going off to war, and what influenced him to make one of the most historic decisions of American history. When Arnold was young his father didn’t manage the family’s money well, and they were financially ruined when Arnold was thirteen. This was a foreshadowing of things to come in Arnold’s future. As a young man Arnold volunteered for the French & Indian War. He then went on to become a merchant and sea captain. He fought two duels while on trading voyages.…show more content…
Upon hearing these events he set out as the head of Connecticut militia for Massachusetts, where George Washington was gathering armies to fight the British forces. His first engagement was the attack on Fort Ticonderoga in New York. He was successful in the operation but most of the credit went to Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. At the time of the battles of Saratoga, Benedict Arnold had already established a reputation of bravery and being in the thick of any action. His capture of Fort Ticonderoga, the epic march up the Kennebec River to Quebec and the naval engagement at Valcour Island were already legendary in the new
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