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Eric Smith
Mr. Burrows
Period 2
October 22, 2012

Thomas Edison
(3) “Success in a cotton thread” (3)
The issue in question is: Why did Thomas Edison become an inventor? As a young lad, Thomas Edison had some qualities and disabilities that allowed him to become such a great thinker and inventor. When Edison was young he acclaimed partial deafness, which was caused by frequent performing of unwanted experiments in unwanted places. This disability of partial deafness had a silver lining to it. Because he could not hear well, this allowed him to tune out worldly distractions and noise. Thomas Edison became an inventor because of his desire to perform experiments and of his curiosity of how things worked.

(3)Thomas Edison’s acclaimed deafness as a boy allowed him to tune out the outside world and to focus on his own thoughts. “Edison viewed his deafness as an advantage, a built-in buffer against outside distractions that helped him concentrate on whatever he was doing.”(3) (1) The credit of Edison’s early deafness can be given to scarlet fever and multiple untreated middle ear infections. Edison, at age thirteen, places the credit when, in the middle of his career, a train conductor slapped him in the ears because his chemical laboratory had set one of the boxcars on fire that lead to him being thrown off the train in Smith’s Creek Michigan along with his chemicals and equipment. (1) Thomas Edison became an inventor because of his desire to perform experiments and of his curiosity of how things worked.

Thomas Edison’s job at sixteen as a telegrapher during the civil war opened up a whole new understanding on the current state of electrical inventions. This new job allowed him to have time to focus on his inventions. (2)While working as a telegraph transmitter, Edison would perform multiple “moonlight” experiments. After one night, he finally developed his first authentic invention. It was called an automatic repeater; it transmitted signals back and forth...
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