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A Comparison of the Views of Benjamin Franklin and Nathaniel Hawthorne as Reflected in Their Works "Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" and "The Scarlet Letter"
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Franklin vs Hawthorne In the excerpts from Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne the two authors utilize language to display their varying views on sins and imperfections of a person Franklins own experience and the analogy of the speckled ax portrays his acceptance of sins and flaws as a part of life with the virtue of hard work as a balance on the contrary through his allegory of the flickering light within the forest and purity of Pearl to Hesters sin Hawthorne shows his reluctance to recognize anything below perfection Franklin allows leeway in life and assumes the best qualities of everyone as opposed to Hawthorns pessimistic opinion about helpless hypocritical audience with tainted characters Through the virtue of hard work Franklin views the best about his audience while receiving flaws as normality within one and perfection as unattainable Franklin relates his experience of difficulty of acquiringorder diction of faulty character and the analogy of the speckled ax to prove his lighthearted outlook on petty mistakes with a foundation of hard work behind them First to convince the reader of tolerance of mistakes Franklin relates his experience about his own difficulty to acquire order The struggle of the author displays the irrationality of perfectionist expectations since everyone enfaces difficulty in life and flops The strategy of telling a personal story shows the awareness of the necessary amount of work essential to overcome difficulties in life and the inevitable occurrence of flaws even from him The diction of acquiring displays the effort put forth to achieve the set goals in order to balance out the flaws The difficulty justifies these lapses in accomplishment and makes them forgivable through the attempt of improving This leads to Franklins fear of contenting one with faulty character The author states that excessive mistakes lead to a demoralized character which taints the society of its hard work This character procrastinates working to the point
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