Comparison of the Epitaph of Young Benjamin Franklin with that of the Epitaph Written During His Old Age Table of Contents Table of Contents 2 Introduction 3
The Epitaphs 3
Epitaph that Summarizes Benjamin Franklin’s Greatest Accomplishment 4
Work Cited 5
Benjamin Franklin is one of the eminent founder fathers of the United States. He was a man of vision and mission. A multi-faced and dynamic personality, Benjamin Franklin was a noted scientist, satirist, politician, diplomat, musician and a great inventor and political theorist. From a very early age, spark of his eminent statesmanship was noted in Franklin’s vibrant personality. And his impeccable sense of humor and pungent satires definitely augmented the flow of his popularity. He even did not spare himself from his satires and at the age of 22, in the year 1728 wrote a satirical verse to depict his life which he wished to use as his epitaph after his death. However, very interestingly when Benjamin Franklin breathed his last breath at the age of 84 on 17th April in the year 1790, the version of his epitaph as suggested and mentioned by Franklin himself in his will completely differed from the epitaph which he created and wished to use after his death during his younger days.
At the age of 22 moved by his immense love for the books and satire, he composed a satirical piece which he wished to serve as epitaph after his death. The epitaph runs like this:
The Body of B. Franklin Printer. Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And stript of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believd, appear once more, In a new amp. more perfect Edition, Corrected and Amended By the Author (Library of Congress, Benjamin Franklin…In His Own Words).
A close introspection into this verse will lead to the conclusion that by the formative years of Franklin’s life only, he had inculcated love for books, printing and binding but he did not have that slightest hint that in the coming years of his life he would achieve pinnacle of almost every faculty and arena. This is the reason during the last years of his life he changed his version of epitaph and mentioned in his will to be simply bearing the inscription, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin. This inscription gives a hint that during the final quarters of his life, Franklin understood that he has achieved everything or more he aspired for. And that he will be known and remembered in the world by his great deeds. Any inscription will fall short in front of his great actions undertaken throughout his life. This is the reason he made it simple and straightforward during the final years of his life when he was approaching his predicament raising far beyond the identity of a mundane printer.
Epitaph that Summarizes Benjamin Franklin’s Greatest Accomplishment
Here lies the body of Benjamin Franklin. A great man of political insight and founder of a great nation called the United States of America. King of satire and bearer of thirteen virtues, he helped to enlighten the world with his knowledge, inquisitions and power of wisdom.
Library of Congress. Benjamin Franklin…In His Own Words, 2010. Web. 05 Feb. 2013.