Ever since Benjamin Franklin was young he had worked hard for what he wanted to achieve. He knew he could achieve it as well, and believed in himself. From a young age he knew he was very successful at writing more than other subjects like arithmetic which he had failed in. I personally was the opposite, better at arithmetic and worse in writing. As he worked in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, we see how hard he works to get far in life and to stick to what he wants. But at one time in his life he was unsure of what he wanted, but he was young. But as his father made him work with his brother in his printing-house he became familiar with it and stuck to it. The printing-house is actually where he found his love of writing when his brother started a newspaper. He took over it eventually when his brother was put in jail. After his brother got out him and his brother got into another argument, which lead to Benjamin quitting. Which may seem like he is no longer dedicated but soon after he looked for another printing house to work at instead of his brothers. After having no luck at finding a job he moves to New York City to find a job and secretly moves out.
No matter what obstacles come his way, he overcomes them and works tirelessly than others. Even though he does not find a job in New York he does hear of an opportunity to get a job working for a paper in Philadelphia. As I was reading his this part of the book, I actually thought about his dedication to the work that he had been doing since he was twelve. He stays true to himself and does not change for any circumstance.
On Benjaminr’s way to Philadelphia he had saved a dutchmans life. He stayed positive throughout his trip, despite being dropped off near Burlington. After reaching Philadelphia he discovers that Bradford cant give him a job, he still keeps his head up and finds a job working for a man named Keimer. Still working at the printing-house he moves in with man whose daughter he will eventually marry, even though he never writes her when he leaves America.
After some time in Philadelphia he gets a letter from his brother in law asking him to return to Boston, but Benjamin said that he would not be returning any time soon. This is showing how he is dedicated now more than ever to his work. His letter is eventually shown to the governor of Pennsylvania, William Keith. He loves how Benjamin writes and wants to help him set up a new printing-house, he will receive help from the government to build it, but he also has to ask his father for money, which means returning to Boston. Even though he did not want to interrupt his work to return to Boston he had to now. Eventually his father denies helping him because of his age. He does promise him that he will help when Benjamin turns twenty-one.
Before heading back to Philadelphia, he stops in Rhode Island to visit his brother, during the trip there he almost gets involved with two women who are actually thieves. He is beginning to not be that dedicated to his work. He is starting to fall for easy tricks. Benjamin finds Collins, finds out that he has been drinking, which he cannot get a job because of, and he loans Collins some money, but never sees him again. As he falls for one of the two tricks, he isnt thinking clearly, in the first situation if the woman nearby hadnt told him that they were no good and not to be trusted, he too would have endured the same fate as the two women did. But with loaning his brother the money, there had been nobody around to tell him otherwise.
When he returns to Philadelphia Keith, now knowing that Benjaminr’s father will not help financially, will pay for it. Even though Benjamin decides to leave America to see and meet people in stationery industries. Still before he leaves he makes friends with three men; Charles Osborne, Joseph Watson, and James Ralph, who all love to read. And together they all share their poetry together. Before he leaves Keith promises to write him a letter so that he can work at the printer shops, but as Benjamin arrives, he realizes that Keith had not fulfilled his promise, and that he tends to do that a lot. Despite that he finds a job at a famous printing shop and works there for the next year.
As he is living in London, he fulfills what he had promised, he stays true to himself and who he is. Throughout his childhood, and early adulthood he had been dedicated to the printing shops and writing, especially when he worked under his brother and shared poetry with those three men from America.
While printing things in the printing shop, he comes across a pamphlet called A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain which says how the author, a famous surgeon in London wants to meet him and introduce him to others.
Earlier in the book, Benjamin almost falls for two women, who turn out to be not who they seem, and after Ralph moves to the countryside with his girlfriend, she worries about him. Then she goes to him to ask for advice, but Benjamin thinks her’s flirting with her and tries to follow through with what he think shes trying to do, but immediately she stopped him and told Ralph which ended their friendship.
After about a year he moved back to Philadelphia again. When he returns, Keith has lost his job and offers Benjamin a position as manager, but he declines to work for Denham, he works there until Denham dies, then takes the manager position.
After this he becomes entirely focused on work only during his time as a manager, but then quits when Keimer wants to cut his salary. This seems like he isnt following his promise anymore only because of him quitting but after this he decided to take over the printing-house and begin a newspaper. But then he moves to New Jersey for a partnership with Keimer. He once again redeems himself when he moves back to Philadelphia to actually work on the printing-house. This is when he adopts the ideals of truth, sincerity, and integrity.
In Benjaminr’s life he has made many faults and successes, but not everyone can live without committing any faults. Especially Benjamin. Part two begins between the letters of Benjamin questioning if he should continue his book and his friend telling him it would be a mistake if he did not. He continued the book, looking forward to publishing it to show that Americans are full of virtue and dedication. . But he stopped writing for years mainly because of the French Revolution. His library was a great success as well
The library helped others get into reading more and made reading more popular. He also says how he did not help with the library as much fearing judgement from others, because of his constant success. I think that wasnt the best idea, he could have gone further with his career if he had openly helped the library and maybe even brought more attention and work to the library. When the library was just beginning he was starting a family with a woman from Philadelphia. He saved lots of money to be able to provide for his family right.
He now wants to make himself the best version of himself and is obsessed with perfection. Earlier in the book he says both that vanity is bad yet everyone has it, and multiple times he mentions how others vanity is terrible and still he acknowledges his own vanity and how it was controlled until now. But he does want to develop new virtues, thirteen to be exact. He is also keeping track of every fault and success. He finds many of his faults, and tries to correct them. He actually cannot get all of the virtues except for order but is fine with his failure of not getting that one down. He is fine with having faults and decides that a man should live with faults.
Not everyone, including Benjamin can live without faults or mistakes. No one can be perfect and everyone must live with at least one fault. A person’s success and how well they are remembered for does not mean that they haven’t made a mistake or any faults in their lives.
After a while Benjamins friends start to call him arrogant. He could not get rid of his vanity and arrogance no matter how hard he tries. Since the book started he has made many faults, had vanity, and admitted to his faults. It isnt really possible to live without committing any faults seeing how Benjamin tried not to and yet he had realized how many faults he had actually made by recording them down. It seems when he tries to actually not commit faults he commits more than intended.When he had done this his friends found him to be more arrogant than usual.
After he tries to learn and accomplish the thirteen virtues he becomes sort of obsessed with doing this and the same for whatever he is doing at the time. He couldnt do one of them, the last one which is when his friends call him arrogant. If Benjamin Franklin wants to live without committing any faults it might be possible if he accomplished the last one, order.
During Benjamin Franklinr’s life he came to terms with a promise of, truth, sincerity, and integrity. Throughout his life he follows his values of hard work,dedication, and ingenuity. While he is back in America he decides to create a new political party which he thinks that everyone will love. The beliefs of the party are war and revolutions. Which not everyone likes and want to follow. This party is only open to the wise people, not everyone can join. He takes principles from every major religion around at the time. Also everyone who joins will have to (like Benjamin did in part two) practice and accomplish the thirteen virtues. Over time the party and ideas had been abandoned. His dedication is not that strong to this as he is with other things in his life.
Soon he starts Poor Richard’s Almanac which leads him to make another version for his newspaper in Pennsylvania. He tries to keep abuse and arguments out of the public newspaper. As he grows older he starts to put his thoughts into political issues. He fights for women’s education. He also goes on to learn four languages. He gives support to a church but takes it back when he finds out the preacher is lying and copying others. After his son dies at a young age, he finally makes amends with his brother James after years. His brother also helps him in the printing-house.After this he becomes one of the top people in the mail business.
As time goes on Benjamin becomes more successful he goes on to invent the stove and does not put a patent on it for a while to let it get more popular. He also makes plans for a hospital with his friend, Thomas. During this time he publishes a book called Plain Truth which says how we need a military defense for the colonies. He wants to do so by raising money from the people around, so he organizes a meeting and discusses Plain Truth. After this he creates a bill which will, if approved, provide light and pave the city. He creates a light source for the streets and is soon awarded honoraries from two very popular colleges.
When war breaks out in the colonies and Europe, Benjamin comes up with a plan that he thinks will work to defend the colonies from the war and starts to plan out a government for the colonies. With this plan the English government is beginning to worry about the colonies and that they might lose them. After some time the American colonies begin to question why they are still with England.
After Benjaminr’s military career fails, he takes some time to work on his scientific career. He begins to create and go through some scientific experiments. During this time he comes up with a hypothesis that lighting and electricity can be the same thing. He soon publishes his paper and then finally does the kite experiment. After this he receives a very popular and rare award.
Soon because of his scientific achievements he is asked to join an Assembly. Due to his hard work and dedication Benjamin is getting far in life and it has caused him to become very successful. Which over time he has worked very carefully and hard to get to where he is now and will work even harder as he goes along in his life.
Part Four opens with Benjamin Franklin asking about making Americar’s own laws, to which he very aggressively denied. Apparently each law goes through excessive stages to decide if it actually will reach the king to get approved. He tries to approve to them that America should be able to make their own laws, and not the king. He thinks he will not be able to change the king’s mind as well. Twenty years earlier a similar bill that had been passed this time, went through and almost gave the colonies laws, but during this time almost the same bill had been passed.
When they all meet to discuss this, they all cannot agree on one point. Eventually they stop working with Benjamin after and say he is very rude. Which lead to him thinking that he has written too formally.They all begin to tax the colonies heavily, which is what Benjamin Franklin and many others did not want. Some people didnt like this so they tried to persuade the king to keep the act along with its taxes. Both parties argue keeping it and getting rid of it. Benjamins side wants to keep it while the opposing side wants to get rid of it. Eventually this law gets passed and everyone is taxed fairly. After this his he stops writing his autobiography.
During the time that Benjamin had been writing his autobiography he had mostly been dedicated to his work. At some points of his life, when he was mostly younger, Benjamin had stopped being dedicated and done some things without thought or reason. But throughout this chapter of the book he had been dedicated to the cause and things he wanted to make a reality. In this part he did not stop when people said he was too rude, he thought that he was just working too hard and writing in a very formal tone. His hard work to get the act and bill approved by the king had succeeded and his hard work had turned into success and it had all become a reality.
Benjamin is trying to prove that with all the hard work you do the further you will get in your career and life which leading to more success. He fully embodies this promise to America and shows them how your work affects how everything turns out. Some things came to him easily and were given to him like how the printing-house began and how he had been given the newspaper to write for when his brother was imprisoned.
In my opinion Benjamin Franklin has lived up to his potential and worked harder than everyone to get where he was and to earn all his success, and the whole time he had stayed true to himself. From a young age when he wanted something he worked hard to achieve it and never doubted himself.
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