Johnathan Edwards And Benjamin Franklin
Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin both wrote simply, directly, and without aristocratic pretense. They felt the writing was not an end in itself, but a work done in the service of something greater whether it be God or mankind. In his Personal Narrative, Edwards focuses on the ecclesiastical whereas Franklin, in The Way to Wealth appeals to the individual. Edwards wrote to understand what was happening around him and admits, I made seeking my salvation the main business of my life, Franklin, rather, wrote on self-improvement, similar to an author of a modern-day self-help book.
He wrote to inform and would represent himself attractively with numerous aphorisms such as Lost time is never found and The sleeping fox catches no poultry. Edwards, in Personal Narrative, crystallized into the language of permanent beauty one of the great mystical experiences of the race. His conversion at age 17, demonstrates his awareness of a meaningful world: I often used to sit and view the Moon, for a long time; and so in the daytime spent much time viewing the clouds and sky, to behold the glory of God in these things. Franklin would not sit quietly and view the moon for he reminds his audience that there will be sleeping enough in the grave.
He encourages independence saying God helps them that help themselves. Franklin tried that strategy: I used to be continually examining myself, and studying and contriving for likely ways and means, how I should live holily, with far greater diligence and earnestness, than ever I pursued anything in my life and he writes of his failure: but yet with too great a dependence on my own strength; which afterward proved great damage to me.
To undo the damage, Edward later viewed that God should govern the world, and order all things according to his own pleasure; and I rejoiced in it, that God reigned, and that his will was done. bibliography Norton Anthology of American Literature. 5th ed. Vol. 1. Eds Bayme, et al. New York: W.W. Norton.