Essay about The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

1056 Words Oct 17th, 2012 5 Pages
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin’s life made a huge impact on the history of America. He also was an influence for many citizens. Since Franklin lived during the eighteenth century, a period of growth for America, he also played a part in the political founding of the United States. To help future generations, Franklin wrote an autobiography of his life. An autobiography is a piece of literature about someone’s own life. He separates his into four parts, each one depicting a different phase of his life. In The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, the author uses his life events to describe values and ways of life that every man should believe and follow. In part one, Franklin examines his adolescent years. …show more content…
Part two discusses Franklin’s library work and home life briefly but mainly dives into his virtues and moral beliefs. Compared to many other people of his time period, Franklin had a good home life. This was mostly because he and his wife, Deborah Reed, loved one another. This was uncommon. At the time, marriage was not as focused on the love between two people as it is now. It was more of a contract. His relationship is briefly described in his autobiography. However, part two mainly focuses on his virtues, morals, and values. Franklin describes the importance of each of his virtues individually. He includes a “picture of a checklist he used to keep track of his progress to moral Perfection (Moss and Wilson 26). Most of his virtues trace back to the teachings of Socrates. They focus in on morals, religion, honor, and status (Santa-Maria). Even though his virtues focused on religion, Franklin was not very religious. Rather, he valued Puritan values, such as moderation, industry, and humility. He believed that people should focus on doing good works. This is reflected in his autobiography (Moss and Wilson 23). Another one of his strong beliefs is that in order to achieve liberty, one must follow a strict discipline system. If one does not follow it, they may become poor (Santa-Maria). This is why he believed that poverty is completely the person’s fault. These beliefs all trace back to the period of Enlightenment and the

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