Essay about The Age Of Reason By Benjamin Franklin

1352 Words May 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Benjamin Franklin achieved his intellectual and literary proficiency in the Eighteenth Century during the Age of Reason, with the multitude of philosophical advances that reflected heavily on the content and style of his work. He was no stranger to the works of John Locke, Montesquieu, and Voltaire, and his writing echoed those found also in the literature of the period. Long past the early colonial days of Jonathan Edwards’ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, the Christian idea of predestination was now called into question, with a novel attitude toward the Creator that developed to coincide with the respective philosophical concepts. Benjamin Franklin, however, took his Enlightenment ideas further than his fellow scholarly contemporaries. While the philosophers of his era remained in arguing among themselves about the nature of mankind, Franklin believed in bringing his moral and scientific ideas to the common people. His wit, coupled with his intellect, had an immediate appeal to his readership. In the introductory lines of the Autobiography, which he began writing in 1771, he addresses his son William, the Royal Governor of New Jersey, with the intention of annotating the details of his life for future reflection. However, the originality of Franklin’s rhetoric is the fashion in which he molds a voice that addresses generations that surpass his descendants. In Part Two, Continuation of the Account of my Life, Begun at Passy 1784, Benjamin Franklin establishes a social…

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