Essay about The Founding Father: Benjamin Franklin

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The Founding Father
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

Socrates once said “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings.” This is exactly what the men known as the wisest American achieved: self-betterment through readings and writings of other authors. In his Autobiography Benjamin Franklin takes us not only into a tour of his life but also in the journey he traveled in the 18th century, which allowed him to become the person we know of today. Franklin’s determination to persevere and learn from writings of other authors is the key points of the Autobiography that help make it an inspirational self-empowered autobiography. Unlike many other autobiographies Franklin starts this one as a
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He also looses and gains many friendships. For example he realizes that Collins, his childhood friend, is not someone he would like to be acquainted with and upon Collins leave Franklin gets a sense of relief. At the end of this part Franklin finally decides to pursue an intimate relation with Miss Deborah Read and courts her a while after in 1730. Around this time he also becomes the founder of the first library in America with the help of, his now wife, Deborah. In the latter parts of the Autobiography we begin to see that Franklin is indeed a very humble person. He helps the reader see how he has become such a figure in America and introduces the audience to his thirteen week virtue challenge; in this challenge for thirteen weeks Franklin would set himself one of the thirteen virtues (Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility) in that exact order. Through this challenge he comes to a realization that “a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself.” (83) So even though he was not able to perfect himself, he comes to a conclusion that one should not be perfect because not only will perfection ruin their life but also being imperfect is what helps them keep acquaintances around. Franklin sets the audiences mind a step in self-improvement through the virtue challenge, because even if he was not able to complete the challenge

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