Sir Francis Bacon's Essay, Of Studies: Analysis

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MODULE IV: SHORT STORIES

OF STUDIES: SIR FRANCIS BACON

Bacon, Francis, Lord Verulam, and Viscount St. Alban's, philosopher and statesman, was the youngest son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper, by his second wife, a daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, whose sister married William Cecil, Lord Burghley, the great minister of Queen Elizabeth. He was born at York House in the Strand on Jan. 22, 1561, and in his 13th year was sent with his elder brother Anthony to Trinity College, Cambridge. Here he first met the Queen, who was impressed by his precocious intellect, and was accustomed to call him "the young Lord Keeper." Here also he became dissatisfied with the Aristotelian philosophy as being unfruitful and leading only to resultless disputation.Francis Bacon, the first major English essayist, comments forcefully on the value of reading and learning. Notice Bacon's reliance on parallel structures throughout this concise, one-paragraph essay. Summary:   Sir Francis Bacon's essay "Of Studies" discusses the benefits of studying. Its purpose is to persuade us to study as well as to instruct us on how to study if we are to make the best of what we read. He does this by using many rhetorical devices and substantiations to prove his arguments. Written by Sir Francis, “Of Studies” is an essay written to inform us of the benefits of studying. Studying is applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject, especially through reading, which is perhaps why by ‘studying’, Sir Francis Bacon mostly refers to reading. In his short essay, he strives to persuade us to study, and tells us how to study if we are to make the best of what we read. He does this by using many rhetorical devices and substantiations to prove his arguments. ‘Of Studies’ main point is to be evidence for the benefits of studying. Sir Francis Bacon attempts to prove to us that “studies serve for delight, for ornament and for discourse” by showing us how education is used and can be used in...
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