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Ben Franklin’s Autobiography Liberty University HIUS 221 Professor Eppard By Christopher Irwin November 13, 2011 One of the over-arching themes in Franklin’s 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.
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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. Franklin seemed initially to be interested in getting what he wanted and transitioned to helping others get what they wanted. His motivation towards self-improvement was to better himself in all areas of his life. He was also motivated to help others learn from his mistakes and to show others how to get through hard times. Analysis of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin shows an evolution from a self-promoter to that of self improvement and that Franklin was desirous of helping others. In Franklin’s early years, it had originally been his father’s intent to have him serve as a clergyman, though this was not to come to pass. Franklin had a restless spirit and it brought about him getting into some mischief when he was younger. In The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin , Franklin says, “…and upon other occasions I was generally a leader among the boys, and sometimes led them into scrapes, of which I will mention one instance, as it shows an early projecting public spirit, tho’ not then justly conducted” (pg. 9 from PDF print out). This instance Franklin is referring to is when he oversaw boats coming and going where he was growing up.
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