Expression Of His Son In Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

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Benjamin Franklin was a man who was devoted to the ideals of order, restraint-this worldliness, science, and success during the Age of Enlightenment. He created the genre autobiography and the American writing in a simple, utilitarian style. His work The Autobiography talks about his life and addressed himself to his son. What are advantages of Franklin having the persona of a Father and advising his son in his Autobiography? Franklin is teaching self-improvement, industry, and truthfulness to not only his son but young Americans too. Self-improvement Is a virtue that Franklin promotes to American youths. His father was an essential influence for teaching him the significance of self-improvement. This excerpt in detail:” My Father happen’d to find my Papers, and read them…he took occasion to talk to me about the Manner of my Writing, observ’d that tho’I had the Advantage of my Antagonist in correct Spelling and pointing…I fell far short in elegance of Expression, in Method and in Perspicuity, of …show more content…

Franklin, ten at the time, and his friends stole stones from constitution site to build their own wharf. The following excerpt: “we were discovered and complain’d of; several of us were corrected by our Fathers; and tho’ I pleaded the Usefulness of the Work, mine convinc’d me that nothing was useful which was not honest,” (Franklin 381) explains the consequences of their actions. Franklin learned his first experience to understand truthfulness. Furthermore, Franklin talks more about honesty among colleagues and friends. This excerpt in depth: “I grew convinc’d that truth, sincerity, and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance to the felicity of life; and I form’d written resolutions, which still remain in my journal book, to practice them ever while I lived.”, indicated the importance of truthfulness to impress his son. Honesty is a crucial virtue that taught from father to

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