Name: Qudrat Alizada ID: 9981 Essay Assignment # 1 ENG240
Professor: Dr. Raj Chandarlapaty
Question2. Discuss the work ethic of Benjamin Franklin in his Autobiography and the significance of his contribution to American democracy and capitalism. Why are Franklin’s “Choices” important in building the American ethic? Benjamin Franklin:
If ever a story embodied what has come to be known as the American dream, it is the life story of Benjamin Franklin. The work ethic of Franklin could be considered a passionate and energetic man who motivated himself by self-determination and his strong work ethic to achieve self-improvement. Beyond his personal ambitions to attain self-improvement, Franklin’s deep notions and convictions inspired him to help others for a better life. Franklin’s desire in providing and creating useful solutions for society and states, his recounting of the assistance he gave to others demonstrated his convictions in his reasons for writing. In addition, the author Perkins in his book “The American Tradition in Literature” narrates that: “Franklin’s mind approved and his behavior demonstrated the fundamental concepts of the Age of Reason – faith in the reality of the world as revealed to the senses, distrust of the mystical or mysterious, confidence in the attainment of progress by education and humanitarianism, and the assurance that an appeal to reason would provide solutions for all human problems, including those of society and the state” (Perkins, P 154). Consequently, Franklin’s journey began from insufficient or lack of resources for education to a wealthy man of enormous stature and influence punctuates his emphasis on hard work and determination. Franklin’s limitless desire for knowledge and his persistent pursuit of bettering himself or self-improvement were central to his character. Every success and achievements in his life only encouraged him...
Cited: Perkins, George and Perkins Barbara. “ The American Tradition in Litterature, Shorter Edition in One Volume.” A division of McGraw Hill Companies. Tenth Edition
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