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Short Paper 2 - Nick Blossom Short Paper 2 On the passage starting on p.93 Franklin intends the passage on page 93 to be indicative of a growth in

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Nick Blossom Short Paper 2 - On the passage starting on p.93 Franklin intends the passage on page 93 to be indicative of a growth in his character. It is the expression of his realization that humans are never perfect, and it also serves as a sort of introduction to the next few pages, in which he describes in greater detail his pursuit of perfection. Franklin may or may not have intended this, but I detect a certain pride in the writing of this paragraph, and I think vanity (however conscious or subconscious) was not the least of Franklins purposes for writing it. He wants to convince us (and possibly himself) that he is a better man for striving for moral perfection, however unattainable a goal that is. Franklin makes it very clear at the start of the passage what it is that he set out to do. "[He] wished to live without committing any fault at any time." (p.93) He had decided that the "bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection" (p.93) should be a realistic goal because he "knew, or thought [he] knew, what was right and wrong, [he] did not see why [he]
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course INTP 150 taught by Professor Shrock during the Winter '08 term at Earlham.

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Short Paper 2 - Nick Blossom Short Paper 2 On the passage starting on p.93 Franklin intends the passage on page 93 to be indicative of a growth in

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