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1 Before saying goodbye to Colonial Literature Meet Benjamin Franklin

2 TAKE NOTES How do you get credit for class today? Take some notes!

3 Colonial Period From about 1607 – 1775 Captivity Narratives (Mary Rowlandson and others) Religious writings John Winthrops City upon a Hill Cotton Mathers Magnalia Christi Americana But wait! Theres more!

4 Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 Scientist, inventor, socialite Printer Published The Pennsylvania Gazette

5 Inventor …Bi-focals Odometer …and a version of the He explored electricity, figured out how it worked and invented the lightning rod. Additionally, he made swim fins…

6 The Legend

7 In his later years he was a diplomat Represented Pennsylvania to Britain Tried to bring about resolution during disputes between the colonies and Englandto avoid the revolution. Negotiated treaty that brought France into the American Revolution on our side.

8 Didactic writing Means writing that is intended to teach a lesson. TOPICS of his writing: Self-improvement Improvement of society ….and more

9 The master of aphorism aph· o· rism [af-uh-riz-uhm] noun a terse (short) saying embodying a general truth, or astute (insightful) observation,: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely - Lord Acton

10 Aphorisms a la Ben Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation (89) Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation (91)

11 At age 22 he wrote his epitaph The Body of B. Franklin, Printer Like the Cover of an Old Book, Its Contents torn Out And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding Lies Here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be Lost; For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More In a New and More Elegant Edition Corrected and amended By the Author.

12 Extended Metaphor Ben Franklin compares his body to _____? Write down the qualities of an old book: 1. 2. 3. 4. Who is the author he is talking about?

13 Option 1: Your Epitaph Write your own epitaph Must be 5-10 lines long (here lies…) Option II: Write your rules Write 5-10 rules to live by. Refer to page 95 and 96 for ideas!

14 Now Read Page 92-95 Starting at Arriving at Moral Perfection completing Sayings of Poor Richard

15 Written Response 1. What does Franklins project for moral perfection reveal about his views of human nature and his attitudes toward education? Do you agree or disagree with his view? 1. Franklin ends his list of virtues with humility. Did you find evidence of pride in his history? Where? 1. Which virtue on Franklins list do you think is most important? Why?

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