My day of work on Franklin, a gambit

Essay by Robin YamaguchiCollege, UndergraduateA-, October 1996

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        As I sat down in front of my computer to begin writing this essay, the phone rang. It was my friend Chris, asking me if I wanted to go jet skiing with his family. I noticed that it was a beautiful day as I looked through the kitchen window. I pressed the phone tight against my ear as I contemplated weather a stress free day, an escape from the tedious Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, was worth 400 points. I thought to myself, 'Not doing a 400 point assignment means an F for the semester, which means hopes for good college opportunities are gone, and of course a good college leads to success. I want to be successful.' With my mind made in a fraction of a second, I tell Chris that I can't go due to my essay. I just sacrificed my day of leisure and enjoyment for success. Ironically, Franklin's Autobiography displays the same formula for success he sets for himself, and for others to fallow, that sacrifice is inevitable for success.

        Franklin in his youth sacrifices childhood dreams to his father's ideals for success. Young Franklin wanted to go out to sea, but instead, his father placed him under an apprenticeship to his brother James, a printer. Later, in pursuit of a better job, he cheated James out of four years of free labor. This not only broke their contract, but their relationship as well. Even though Franklin did not care much for his brother, he still considered it a loss, and a 'Errata of my life.' Yet their were better things in store for him elsewhere.

        In Paul's Case, the character Paul, like Franklin, finds success away from home. But in order to get there, Paul gave up his morals, family, and eventually his life to maintain...