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Unformatted text preview: In Benjamin Franklin’s piece, “The Whistle”, Franklin writes a letter to his dear friend Madame Brillon. He narrates the piece and uses an event that occurred in his childhood to essentially judge others lives. Franklin uses the extended metaphor of his purchase of a whistle to better convey his ideas and judgments to his audience. He comments on several situations he has seen in others’ lives and compares them to his own experiences. Franklin’s main issue presented is that people overindulge and end up hurting themselves or others in the process of doing so. When Franklin was a child he bought a whistle that he paid an excessive amount for and after coming home, his family pointed this out to him. Franklin was extremely embarrassed and felt now that the whistle no longer provided him with any happiness. He uses this personal experience from his childhood to identify with those people who overindulge like himself. He is directly speaking to Madame Brillion but also addresses all of the overindulge like himself....
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