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Benjamin Franklin lived a highly productive life as a printer as well as becoming an honored statesman and he practiced living modestly honestly and diligently In his autobiography written as a letter to his son Franklin describes how he lived his life with a strong work ethic and moral character Benjamin Franklins autobiography illustrates some of the ideal aspects of the national character that we think of when asked to explain what the character of America is Franklin wrote his autobiography as a letter to his son to describe his life and how he went from a wick-dipper to a respected member of early American society He began with a somewhat detailed account of his family from three hundred years prior to writing the autobiography He explained the traditions of fathers breeding their sons into different trades He was bred into wick-dipping but did not like this so he decided to break away from tradition to follow what he found more to his interests He was his brothers apprentice in a print shop in Boston which led to his future in Philadelphia This demonstrates the American ideals of opportunity and pursuing ones desires for more fulfilling careers Franklin worked very diligently throughout his life mostly because he was raised to have a strong work ethic His ethic for using most of his day for working on not only the days tasks but how he could do something good This shows that with determination an impact can be made on society This is also an aspect of the American character that we like to believe in when we think about our positive attributes Not only did Franklin live diligently with a strong work ethic he believed in living very modestly Franklins dietary habits in particular were very modest He ate only what he needed for each meal and drank only water He believed that excess in food made ones body slow and drinking alcohol made for
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