Share
Explore BrainMass

Puritan ideas and Mark Twain

I have some questions after reading the article "The Late Benjamin Franklin" by Mark Twain (see website link to the article, below) and an autobiography on Benjamin Franklin (see attachment). I am trying to write an essay based on Puritan ideas and would like to be able to understand the conflict here a bit more.

http://www.crummy.com/writing/hosted/The%20Late%20Benjamin%20Franklin.html

1) What would Puritans like Jonathan Edwards have likely thought about Franklinâ??s project of attempting to reach moral perfection?

2) Where do we see the influence of Puritan ideology in Franklinâ??s project?

3) Where do we see deviations from Puritan ideas in Franklinâ??s autobiography?

4) What is the basis of Twainâ??s primary criticism of Franklin?

5) What sort of characteristics or personality traits might Twainâ??s attitude exalt that Franklin neglects in his thirteen rules?

Solution Preview

Please rate 5/5 for my effort. This posting was tough! I hope to have more Special Requests soon with you!

1) What would Puritans like Jonathan Edwards have likely thought about Franklinâ??s project of attempting to reach moral perfection?

I believe that Puritans such as Edwards would revere and highly regard Franklin's maxims and attempt since Franklin tried to emphasize puritanical ideologies such as "Procrastination is the thief of time" and other work ethic beliefs.

2) Where do we see the influence of Puritan ideology in Franklinâ??s project?

Puritanical hints in work ethic permeate Franklin's work such as ...

Solution Summary

Puritan ideas and Mark Twain's writing are intertwined briefly.

$2.19