Benjamin Franklin essay

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Benjamin Franklin is one of the most beloved figures from American History. An elder statesman by the time of the American Revolution, Franklin was considered by many in both Europe and the American Colonies to be the epitome of what it meant to be an ‘American.’ He was considered a leading intellectual of the period as well as publisher, inventor, diplomat and political philosopher. Franklin’s Autobiography was originally intended for his son but was published publicly soon after his death in 1790. His story captures observations on colonial American life in Philadelphia as well as his views on literature, philosophy and religion.
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Unformatted text preview: After you have read Ben Franklins Autobiography and write a 3-4 page paper, 900 1200 words answering this question : One of the over-arching themes in Franklins Autobiography is that of self-improvement. Franklin intends for his own experience to serve as a model for others. Discuss key ways that Franklin presents his story as an illustration of self-improvement. Is he successful in the attempt? What motivates him toward this attempt? Does he strike you as a self-promoter or a genuinely benevolent man desirous of helping others? In your answer, use specific examples from the book to illustrate your points....
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