Before writing the Franklin essay, refer to the following two passages from your Adventures in American Literature textbook.

On page 57, we can read the editor's notes on Benjamin Franklin:

As Puritans hoped to be made pure by God's grace, he [Benjamin Franklin] tried to make himself morally perfect by self-discipline.

In the excerpt from The Autobiography on page 62, column B, we can read Franklin's own words:

It was about this time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. I wished to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other.

Franklin Essay Format

While Franklin's writing style is a continuation and perfection of the Puritan plain style, his beliefs in the perfectibility of man radically depart from the Puritan beliefs. Discuss the two views of man's perfectibility. Include the method of achieving or arriving at that perfection, the merits* and fallicies* of each method as you perceive them, and the relevance that this issue has to you.

Paragraph 1: Introduction and thesis statement (taken from the above statement)
Paragraph 2: Discuss the two different methods of arriving at moral perfection.
Paragraph 3: Discuss the merits* and fallacies* of each method.
Paragraph 4: Discuss the relevance of this issue to you.
Paragraph 5: Summary and conclusion

Remember to include a good topic sentence for each body paragraph.

*Note: "merits" and "fallacies" mean strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, etc.