Benjamin Franklin and Robin, Hawthorne's main character, leave home for different reasons. Franklin, in his autobiography, explains how he journeys to Philadelphia in search of a job and to start life on his own. Franklin wants independence and he knows he will find what he seeks. Franklin states, "I took it upon me to assert my Freedom" (194). Robin leaves his home with the idea of depending on his second cousin, dependence not independence. Robin journeys from his family's country farm to the city in search of his kinsman, Major Molineux, with hopes that his kinsman will help him get started in life. Hawthorne writes, "The Major had thrown out hints respecting the future establishment of one of them in life. It was therefore determined that Robin should profit by his kinsman's generous intentions" (801). Franklin and Robin's arrival to the new towns embody the two author's feelings toward the idea of the self made man.
Franklin and Robin arrival to their new destinations are drastically different. Franklin arrives in Philadelphia during the day, hungry, and dirty. Franklin's determination keeps him going. He buys bread to eat, cleans himself up, and sets out straight away to find himself a job. He finds one within short time, "I return'd to Bradford's who gave me a little job to do for the present, and there I lodged and dieted" (198). Franklin represents... [continues]
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