Benjamin Franklin is and will probably always be an icon and idol of the American people. His autobiography is an amazing piece of our history and there are many things that we can learn from it. What I believe explores the question of what it means to be American in Franklin’s autobiography is the stories he tells of his life and how he became the man he did. As an American, even in the time that Benjamin Franklin lived, we have the freedom to do as we choose and to decide our own destiny. America is the country of endless opportunity and Franklin’s autobiography showed that. He came from a family that had little, and with some hard work and perseverance became an American legend and a role model.
The “rags to riches” tale of Benjamin Franklin’s life shown in his autobiography is something many people in America can relate to. In the story of his life “Franklin tells us that he wants to share the incidences of his life so that his posterity “may find some of them suitable to their own situations, and therefore fit to be imitated.”” Franklin, in my eyes, was conveying the message to his son to follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to work hard. Things may get tough sometimes and sacrifices may have to be made but if you keep with it and never give up and always continue to learn, you will succeed. Franklin believed that man was not predestined to their circumstance; he believed that every person could decide on their own where they were to go in life.
Benjamin Franklin essentially created the legend of “The American Dream”. His words are still to this day read and analyzed and taken into consideration. His 13 virtues are something that can still be followed to this day in every American. His story will continue to be an iconic American piece of literature as well as a topic for great debate.