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Benjamin Franklin and Nathaniel Hawthorne were both very important to Americas early literature Franklins Autobiography and Hawthornes My Kinsman Major Molineux represents the extremes of leaving home Franklin makes accomplishing the American dream of the self-made man look easy Hawthorne however revises and critiques that dream showing the harsh realities of the real world Franklin reveals his life story as a way to show the people of America that determination hard work and intelligence lead to success while Hawthorne describes the harsh world waiting once youth and innocence are gone Benjamin Franklin and Robin Hawthornes main character leave home for different reasons Franklin in his autobiography explains how he journeys to Philadelphia in search of a job and to start life on his own Franklin wants independence and he knows he will find what he seeks Franklin states I took it upon me to assert my Freedom 194 Robin leaves his home with the idea of depending on his second cousin dependence not independence Robin journeys from his familys country farm to the city in search of his kinsman Major Molineux with hopes that his kinsman will help him get started in life Hawthorne writes The Major had thrown out hints respecting the future establishment of one of them in life It was therefore determined that Robin should profit by his kinsmans generous intentions 801 Franklin and Robins arrival to the new towns embody the two authors feelings toward the idea of the self made man Franklin and Robin arrival to their new destinations are drastically different Franklin arrives in Philadelphia during the day hungry and dirty Franklins determination keeps him going He buys bread to eat cleans himself up and sets out straight away to find himself a job He finds one within short time I returnd to Bradfords who gave me a little job to do for the present and there I lodged and dieted 198 Franklin represents his arrival in
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