Benjamin Franklin's Personal Transformation

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Prompt: The Autobiography is the story of Franklin's personal transformation from an immature, self-seeking young man to a philosopher and statesmen who played a major role in the founding of the United States. For his transformation, consider whether Franklin trusts most strongly in the written word or in the Word. Look for uses of figurative language related to the word or Word and evaluate the relationship between the word/Word and the world, and its effect on Franklin's transformation. Be sure to support your thesis with quotes from the text.

“Reading was the only amusement I allowed myself.” (Benjamin Franklin) Benjamin Franklin’s life wasn’t easy. At the age of eight, Franklin started South Grammar School, where he excelled in reading; a year later he was enrolled in George Brownell’s English School. He would save every penny he made to buy books. At age 10, Franklin’s education was cut short because it was so expensive. After quitting school Franklin apprenticed with his brother in a print shop, which he hated doing. At age 16, Franklin became a vegetarian. This was partly because he hated eating anything that had been killed, and partly because he wanted to save money for books. Benjamin Franklin was pretty much self-educated because he read so much. Throughout his entire life Franklin continued to read.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin) Benjamin Franklin continued to mature. At the age of 15,
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