Merriam Webster’s dictionary describes the American dream as “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative”, and Ben Franklin’s hard work paved the way for many Americans to come. What makes hard work an American value from Ben Franklins story is that in today’s society people pride themselves on their hard work in order to sustain a living. This concept of hard work is what makes many lives of the people in society today so American. In his autobiography, Franklin says “I was taken home to help my father in his business, which was that of a tallow chandler and soap boiler- a business he was not bred to but had assumed on his arrival…”(Franklin 23). Knowing Ben wa...
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...ad for many Americans to come when referring to living a successful life in America. With the idea of this new “free” nation that has been developed many Europeans settlers are not used to applying hard work in order to succeed. All of these European settlers have come from a low class and tend to stay in the low class because that was the only option when they lived elsewhere, but Franklin gives them a story to follow and a road to drive on. Because America is now evolving so is this American Dream that so many people were speaking of during this time, and Franklin gives the people of the past, present and future values to follow while pursuing this happiness. Hard work, self-betterment, networking and humility are all GOOD American values that Benjamin Franklin has given to any free American citizen that wants to achieve their final goal of a pursuit of happiness.
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