Audience as an Influencer When writing any type of composition, is the author consciously aware of who their audience will be? Benjamin Franklin started writing an autobiography of his life when he was about sixty-five years old. This self-narrative was written about Franklin’s life goals and accomplishments. The subject of who Franklin’s intended audience comes into question throughout the self-narrative.
I believe that the two guiding principles that Benjamin Franklin value the most are adaptability and initiative. Throughout his autobiography he possesses many of the guiding principles but these two stick out the most. He adapts very well and he takes initiative even when he doesn’t have to. Benjamin Franklin possessed adaptability in his autobiography in many different ways.
In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin stated, “So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.” By this, Franklin meant that reasoning enables people to justify all of their actions. Justification, in this case, is rationalization. In his Autobiography, Franklin writes about his being a vegetarian, due to the reason that killing animals, fish in this instance, was unprovoked murder and therefore he would not eat them. However, when he smelt fish cooking, he remembered how he used to love fish, and he had a desire to eat it after he had smelt it.
This passage, “from The Autobiography” by Benjamin Franklin, is a narrative that clarifies the truthfulness that is presented in this version of the author. Franklin realizes that he needs to achieve personal integrity as he “...wished to live without committing any fault at any time” (Franklin 92). In order to obtain this moral perfection, he creates a list of thirteen virtues to follow in his everyday life; these virtues include imitating Jesus and Socrates, avoiding extremes, and rarely using venery for dullness. Contrariwise, Franklin shows honesty by admitting to bad behavior, and in some cases, he performed this behavior for his own personal gain. For example, Franklin went to sleep during a religious meeting because he was “...very drowsy
Franklin wrote a speech "The Speech of Polly Baker", this speech uses many syllogisms. The speech is about a women named Polly Baker who is arguing a case in court, she is being charged five times for having children without being married. Polly Baker questions why she is being charged for that and why that law even exists. Polly states "This may be agreeable to the Laws, and I don't dispute it; but since Laws are sometimes unreasonable in themselves, and therefore repealed, and others bear too hard on the Subject in particular severe with regard to me, who have always lived in an inoffensive Life in the Neighborhood where I was born...(921). She thinks this law is very unreasonable and she states that she is a good women and she shouldn't
Franklin derived thirteen virtues he believed every person should live by; temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. He believed that these thirteen virtues were the key to a successful and pure life. It can be assumed that Franklin’s thirteen virtues were modeled after beliefs from his Puritan upbringing. Franklin not only describes each virtue but, also models a process in which to work to master these thirteen virtues. Franklin’s process for mastering each virtue is simple.
Are the 17th and 18th century really that different from the present day 21st century? Benjamin Franklin uses aphorisms that were relevant in his time era meaning the 17th and 18th century are they still relevant in today’s society? In this specific collection of the aphorisms, Poor Richard’s Almanack, Franklin includes quite a few aphorisms that are still relevant, aphorisms are a short saying that holds some truth about life. Overall, the 17th and 18th century really are not that different from the 21st century, and Benjamin Franklin’s aphorisms are still relevant to today. Benjamin Franklin had many ideas such as being open to others about basic stuff in life yet keeping your own privacy at the same time.
Benjamin Franklin: The Archetypal American Modern American identity revolves around self improvement. Americans seek to improve themselves in all areas of life, be it socially, financially, or physically. Americans accomplish these goals through education and observing the successes of others. Benjamin Franklin, a man who is frequently admired by fellow Americans, embodies many of these qualities and, as such, has become an archetype of success and of what it means to be American. Benjamin Franklin is an archetypal American because of his values of self-improvement, community-mindedness, and frugality.
In the 1720’s, Benjamin Franklin organized a group who called themselves the Junto in Philadelphia. The Junto figured out that most colonies had some book collectors, or book sellers so they wanted all citizens to gain knowledge and read. Most of the citizens could not afford to buy the books though. Although, the Junto organized a subscription lending library which was any man could read books that are available in the library and the subscribers could borrow books to be returned later. This made the public have access to may books and information that they would not of had.
The Colonial Period in American literature was very important throughout our time. When Christopher Columbus first set foot on American soil he thought he discovered a new world. However, American Indians lived here for thousands of years before. As J.H. Parry states in his book The Spanish Seaborne Empire, “Columbus did not discover a new world; he established contact between two worlds, both already old.” The Colonial Period in American Literature had key components including puritans, rationalists, and Native Americans.
Many years after the Government abolished the international slave trade, a great unrest period developed. For a decade the question of slavery was swept underneath the rug. The issue of slavery was not fully exploited until 1861, when the civil war broke out. The author, Joseph Ellis, from the book Founding Brothers, presents the founding brothers as worried about slavery and wanting to maintain the peace of the fledgling nation. Joseph Ellis suggests an inquiry that slavery split the country so extremely that it became unresolveable every time the argument was pushed further into the future.
Franklin developed a satirical style of writing that examined the political, personal, and social issues of the time. Whether he was poking fun at conservative Bostonians or laughing at the battle of the sexes, Franklin's style was entertaining, but carried a message. His satirical pieces "made 'em laugh" but also "made 'em think." Laughter was an effective way to reach the masses. Franklin scholar David Morgan points out that humor was important in much of Franklin's writing because he was "aiming at a popular audience.
Uniquely American - Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the historical figures have an essential role in the establishment of the United States. and was known as one of the Founding Fathers. He was a versatile person with extensive knowledge in many fields such as the politician, a scientist, an author, printer, philosopher, inventor, social activist and a leading diplomat. Franklin's life was interested in his ministries, inventions, publications, and political and his social philosophies, and even known back then as one of the affluent businessmen in entire Pensylvania. However, how could he have reached such achievements was special in a way that he was not born wealthy.