The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin revealed a tale of success that portrayed a remarkable man, who lived a life of great virtue in tumultuous 18th century America. His autobiography established in literary form, the first example of the fulfillment of the American Dream. Franklin discussed his life-story as an example to illustrate the most important American qualities and values, like determination, self-sufficiency, perseverance, hard work, frugality, and reliance on a sound code of ethics are the ingredients of success. He narrated how he shaped himself as an exemplary citizen and a representative type through immense hardship and constant diligence. Franklin demonstrated the possibilities of life in the New World through his own rise from the lower middle class as a youth to one of the most admired men in the world as an adult. Furthermore, he asserted that he achieved his success through a solid work ethic. He proved that even undistinguished persons in Boston could, through industry, become great figures of importance in America. When we think of the American Dream today--the ability to rise from rags to riches through hard work--we are usually thinking of the model set forth by Franklin in his autobiography.
Benjamin Franklinâ€™s Autobiography presented the full picture of Franklin as a Renaissance scholar who was fascinated by all types of learning, and interested in doing whatever he could to make life a little bit better for mankind; which was based on the Puritan notion that the way to please God was by doing good to other men. Along with his â€œquest for moral perfection,â€ this interest manifested itself in public service and scientific progress. He spent the early years of his life as a printer, moralist, essayist, scientist, inventor, and a philosopher. He later went on to become a civic leader, states-man, and diplomat. Upon a man of those careers, he was a strong force in developing the new nation of America.