Benjamin Franklin Mla Essay

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Gerardo Gamino Ms. Hoffman AP English Language 15, February 2013 Nothing Brings More Pain than Too Much Pleasure Benjamin Franklin argues that an overly excessive amount of something good is bad. I firmly agree with Franklin’s claim, and have seen the justification of this concept in American society, history, literature, and my own personal experiences. American society is notorious for the advocation of excess wealth and pleasure and the unanimous goal of expanding knowledge and possession. Franklin’s argument applies to American society through the lives of its people. Jimi Hendrix, an undisputed Rock legend and master guitarist quickly arose to fame after his initial debut. Hendrix yearned to become famous and make an impact in…show more content…
After the compromise of 1850, hostilities between the North and the South escalated. This was due to the issues of free soil versus slave soil, fugitive slave laws, and expansion. Hostilities between the two grew to cause the American Civil War, the bloodiest and most costly in American lives. Son was turned against father, brother against brother. Exorbitant compromise, exorbitant hatred, and exorbitant pride all tore the nation in half. The South seceded from the country, and established its own separate nation. This entire conflict erupted because to much compromise. It was not until the nation’s leaders took initiative and outlawed slavery, which should have been done decades before, that United States was able to win the war and repair the country. However, the reformation after this war was never fully effective. Literature also acts as another medium of justification for Franklin’s claim. The world’s best selling book, the Holy Bible, in more than one instance demonstrates that too much of a good thing is bad. The Bible’s oldest story, the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, is an ideal example. Adam and Eve, the first humans, lived in abundance in the Garden of Eden and had all they ever needed. It is safe to say that they truly had limitless freedom. However, this caused Eve to become curious and do the only thing forbidden to them, eating of the tree of knowledge and wisdom. As she did so, Adam

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