He feels that your past is a lesson learned. Phyllis Whitley on the other hand, looks at lowly and humble beginnings as a sense of getting a better understanding of God. Even though all the writers had lowly and humble beginnings, they all learned from them, and it taught each and every one of them to be a better person. Benjamin Franklin expresses his lowly and humble beginnings in The Autobiography.
Benjamin Franklin went down the path he did because of his son.Franklin expresses this by saying muff may remember the Enquiries I made among the Remains of my Relations when you were with me In England; and the Journey I took for that purpose”. (Franklin pig. 231) Franklin shows us through The Autobiography the challenges he faced, and to show young people In general how to teeter themselves by showing examples In his life. Benjamin Franklin thanks God for blessing him in his aspect of lowly and humble beginnings.He expresses this by saying “Having emerged from the Poverty and Obscurity in which I was born and bred, to a State of Affluence and some degree of Reputation in the World, and having gone so far thro’ Life with a considerable Share of Felicity, the conducting Means I made use of, which with the Blessing of God, so well succeeded, my Posterity may like to know, as they may find suitable to their own Situations, and therefore fit to be limited”. Franklin pig.
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231) Franklins Journey was long, but he had to take it one step at a time.An example of Franklin starting out with very little was when he was 16 and started the Vegetable Diet to save money. Another example Is when He quit working for his brother, which He considered this his first errata. Even though, his brother stopped a lot of opportunities for him he soul persevered and found work. Franklin Is a great example of determination and perseverance because he never gave up. Franklin struggled with Pride, but he did not let that effect what he set out to accomplish.Franklins emphasis on humility, which he could not get over, is showing young Americans to keep their hopes high.
Franklin was self-aware so I feel as if that helped him to become aware of where he came from and to keep hope alive. Franklin kept persevering, and eventually got to where he wanted because he never gave up. He wanted to not only prove himself to those that did not believe in him, but to proclaim to the whole world that anything is possible.However Occurred looks at his lowly and humble beginnings as a lesson learned. Occurred writes to different types of people In American Farmer. In this excerpt he Is expressing to every individual that Americans have so many privileges that can be obtain all they have to do Is be thankful and strive for them. Occurred states this by saying “He must greatly rejoice that he lived at a time to see this fair country be discovered and of settlements which embellish these extended shores”.
(Occurred pig. 10) He explains that Americans have no excuse for the way they live because everything they need is right in front of them, but all they have to do is go for it. He really focuses on the immigrants, and how they were once poor and nameless in Europe, but now that hey have immigrated to America they are considered Americans. (Occurred pig. 312) The immigrants see America as a place they can come to for opportunities. He shows this by saying “his country is now that which gives him land, bread, protection, and consequence”. Occurred pig.
312) He explains that Americans are a mixture of races. “They are a mixture of English, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans and Swedes. From the promiscuous breed that race now called Americans”. By being Americans these individuals have self-independence to make decisions and start off rest from their lowly and humble beginnings. Phyllis Whitley not only looks at her humble and lowly beginnings in a positive way, but also sees them as a way of becoming close to God.Phyllis Whitley states “Twats mercy bought me from my pagan land, taught my benighted soul to understand That there’s a God, That there’s a Savior too..
.. “(Whitley pig. 420) Whitley feels that no matter where you come from opportunities will be opened if you would strive to go for them. She explains to the students of Cambridge that God has bought her a long way that He can do the same for them, but then she goes on to explain that sin will bring you ruin. She encourages them to strive for excellence while they have the chance by saying “Improve your privileges while they stay’.She is teaching people that are under her from her example because she has experienced this.
All these writers came from lowly and humble beginnings, but all came out with a great reward and became successful. If we would apply ourselves and not focus so much on the past we could be examples to others Just as they are to us. All these authors show us to never let your hopes go down on God because he is the man behind everything. We should take advantages of our opportunities, and look at our experiences as a lesson learned.