Module3_Research_Paper_Emilio_Crocco - Benjamin Franklin is...

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Benjamin Franklin is one of the most prominent men in American history. Sometimes known as the Renaissance man, he was someone who seemed to master all fields of knowledge. He was, among other things, scientist, inventor, statesman and writer. The Autobiography is the only enduring token that enshrines all the facets of his diverse nature; it presents Americans today with a great hero from the past that helped establish the tradition of the American Dream. One of the over-arching themes in Franklin’s Autobiography is that of self-improvement. Franklin’s story is a rag to riches story, starting from being the 15 th of 17 children born in 1706 in Boston, to becoming one of the most prominent men in American history. He also had an amazing work ethic, which is what drove him in the metamorphosis, also known as Protestant work ethics. He creates a list of 13 virtues that are of great importance. In a quote from his autobiography, these virtues are shown; “I propos'd to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex'd to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr'd to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express'd the extent I gave to its meaning. These names of virtues, with their precepts, were: 1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
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