20190418184610benedict_arnold - Running head BENEDICT ARNOLD Name 1 Benedict Arnold Institution Date BENEDICT ARNOLD 2 Benedict Arnold remains a

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Running head: BENEDICT ARNOLD Name 1 Benedict Arnold Institution Date
BENEDICT ARNOLD 2 Benedict Arnold remains a controversial figure for most Americans. Arnold is renowned for having been an American Revolutionary War General who defected from the American to the British side in 1780. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut on January 14, 1741, and spent most of his early years in this city before joining the US army (Washburn. (1880). Due to his hard work and dedication, he Slowly, rose up the army, finally occupying the position of a general. Although he is constantly depicted as the villain who betrayed the American people during the Revolution, there are complexities in his story. For instance, while most Americans view him as a traitor, majority of British, and a few Americans view him as a hero, who was driven by the desire for success to switch sides during this war. From the British side of view, Arnold was viewed as a hero, who would not stand anyone demeaning his worth. Arnold was bitter due to the treatment that he had received after serving his country (Webbe, 1975). It can be argued that with the delay in his court-martial, Arnold saw his treasonous act, not as a betrayal of everything that he had held as sacred but, in his eyes, he was saving the country from the revolutionary government which seemed to be on a destructive path against it. He perceived the experiment in independence as a failure and as such, he felt unappreciated by his own countrymen (Webbe, 1975). The British seemed to be more appreciative of his abilities in comparison to his own country. For instance, in Spring of 1779, General John Burgoyne acknowledged that he would have won the Battle of Saratoga were it not for Arnold. Arnold must have felt the shaky ground on which the country that he had so loyally served stood. Even some Americans believe Arnold was Hero, who was interested in maintaining peace and reducing the bloodshed. For instance, he believed that it made no sense to wage away against a
BENEDICT ARNOLD 3 strong force which they stood no chance of winning (Brooks, 1881). Also, Arnold felt that he was powerless as Joseph Reed seemed to be more influential than the entire congress. This feeling

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