Ben Franklin Autobiography Thesis

Even though Benjamin’s willpower is portrayed with great strength, he chooses to acknowledge Pride’s role in his life and accept defeat in his attempt to practice total Humility.

Summary Franklin begins by stating five reasons for writing his Autobiography.

To prepare him for this vocation, Josiah sent Benjamin to grammar school for a year, but withdrew him after deciding that a clergyman's training was too expensive, especially since ministers were often so poorly paid.

Instead, Benjamin was sent to a writing and arithmetic school where he failed arithmetic twice (though he later learned it on his own).

At mealtime, for example, he provided conversation to instruct his children.

The family paid little attention to food, a habit Franklin found advantageous when he later traveled extensively without ever feeling inconvenienced by poor fare.Third, since he can't relive his life as he would like to do, he will relive it through memories, and by recording the memories, make his life durable. The English Franklins lived for as far back as records went in the same Northamptonshire village, on their 30-acre property.Fourth, his writing will allow him to reminisce without boring any listeners. Benjamin's grandfather Thomas had four sons, the eldest of whom, also named Thomas, followed the family trade as a blacksmith, and was also a scrivener (a scribe and notary), and a public leader.But after two years of formal schooling, 10-year-old Benjamin was brought home to help in the family business of making candles and soap.Young Franklin disliked the chandler's trade and longed to go to sea.By divulging his desire to “change some sinister Accidents & Events” (Franklin 3) the author indicates how important it is for his son to observe as he amends his mistakes.Pride, virtue and vanity play a pivotal role in Benjamin Franklin’s life and the way he portrays himself to others.This Quaker insinuates that Franklin is too proud, which shakes the author’s hubris enough to inspire him to prove the Quaker wrong.After a mediocre effort to achieve Humility, which he could not “boast of much Success” (89), Franklin concludes that there is no harder human trait to suppress than Pride and it will inevitably show itself. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .

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