Benjamin Franklin: Tragic Hero Or An Archetypal American?

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Benjamin Franklin is known to be an “Archetypal American,” because of his beliefs on religion, self-improvement, hard work, and determination; but also his somewhat prideful spirit. Much of modern America is quite similar to Franklin in his actions throughout his lifetime. In his early years, Franklin’s father, Josiah, had a set plan for what he was supposed to do with his life, as a minister. Soon into his education, he found an interest in reading and writing, so he began pursuing a career in printing. Beginning his career, Franklin was much of an amateur in his profession, though he showed much promise. Franklin never gave up on achieving his career and life goals, which is why he is someone worth imitating; he is the ultimate example of an Archetypal American.…show more content…
Franklin tells the readers about his parents bringing him to church as a child, and him never being very amused with the teachings. He states, “I began to doubt of Revelation itself. … In short, I soon became a thorough Deist.” (pg. 45 of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1791). Succinctly, Franklin believed in the existence of a divine power, but also believed that this power did not intervene into the daily lives of people. Franklin was quite open with his religion, meaning that he did not discriminate against other religions and is once found in a Quaker meeting (pg. 6 of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 1791). Much like today’s American fundamentals, Franklin believed in allowing people to worship freely, without discernment or prejudice toward other
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