Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Essay

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin By: Ann Etmus Liberty University Professor Blass Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was acknowledged as one of the great autobiographies of the world. Ben Franklin was an excellent writer, inventor and statesman. The autobiography is addressed to his son and begins with Dear son. What is he trying to convey to his son? “Having emerged from poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred, to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which with the blessing of God so well succeeded, my posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own situations, and therefore fit to be imitated (Benjamin Franklin Biography).” With this statement and with such a great personality, he is assuring readers that poverty and obscurity will not come into the way of one’s success. He is also promising that he is going to give his valuable life experiences as a guide to one’s self-improvement. “Now I speak of thanking God, I desire with all humility to acknowledge that I owe the mentioned happiness of my past life to His kind providence, which lead me to the means I used and gave them success (Benjamin Franklin Biography).” First, he is thanking God for his kind providence with prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources (Definitions of providence). Who managed the resources to lead to success? “Being ingenious, and encouraged in learning” the traits that Ben taught himself was an indication for self-improvement. He takes pains in explaining the importance of religion in one’s life. When he was placed in grammar school, he excelled. Due to his family’s poverty, he was moved to school for writing and arithmetic. He
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