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In the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, is he viewed as a self-promoter? If he was, was his attempt successful?

What are the key ways Benjamin Franklin presents his autobiography an an illustration for self-improvement?

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Franklin's autobiography, though written with some sense of vanity (as he states), is clearly a work of guidance toward self improvement. Franklin expresses the importance of education, caution, patience, entrepreneurship, religion, as well as marriage and family which is expressed throughout the book. Although his book is confusing in places, it is definitely written to give the reader the benefit of Franklin's experience. Additionally, when one considers ...

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Franklin's autobiography, though written with some sense of vanity (as he states), is clearly a work of guidance toward self improvement. Franklin expresses the importance of education, caution, patience, entrepreneurship, religion, as well as marriage and family which is expressed throughout the book. Although his book is confusing in places, it is definitely written to give the reader the benefit of Franklin's experience. Additionally, when one considers that he was already famous when he wrote his book, it was not published until his death in 1791 and that it was obviously written for his son as evidenced by the opening reference of his book. The examples listed below make a "prima fascia" case in which one can only come to the conclusion based on the historical record that Franklin was genuinely a benevolent man desirous of helping others.

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Early in his Autobiography, Franklin praises some of his fatherâ??s qualities: â??He had a mechanical Genius too, and on occasion was very handy in the Use of other Tradesmenâ??s Tools. But his great Excellence lay in a sound Understanding, and solid Judgment in prudential Matters, bit in private and public Affairsâ?¦I remember well his being frequently visited by leading People, who consulted him for his Opinion on Affairs of the Town or of the Church he belongâ??d to and showâ??d a good deal of Respect for his Judgment and Advice.â? What did he value most about his fatherâ??s example? From what you remember of the rest of the Autobiography, how did Franklin emulate his father

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