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Benjamin Franklin An Essay

Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17th, 1706. Ben was a great inventor who is known for his sayings. He is famous for his political cartoons, discoveries in electricity, and ingenious inventions.

Benjamin Franklin invented many useful items. His most famous invention is the Franklin Stove. Before furnaces, people used fireplaces for heat. Fireplaces didn’t heat the entire room, but the Franklin Stove heated a larger amount of space with the same amount of wood. He also created swim flippers, which still help many people swim today.

Though Ben didn’t exactly invent electricity or the Gulf Stream, he did discover a lot about them. His widely known kite experiment happened in 1752. Then, Ben invented the lightning rod, which many of us safe in our homes today. Ben studied and made the first map of the Gulf Stream in 1769.

Franklin is also know for his cartoon ‘Join, or Die,’ published in 1754. Franklin also created ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac,’ in which he put his sayings. It was first published in 1759.

Benjamin Franklin is a well-loved scientist. Franklin is also known for his cartoons, maps, electricity experiments, and creative inventions. Ben is a widely known scientist who is still influential today.

John Hancock An Essay

John Hancock was born January 23, 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Massachusetts’s representative in congress, and he played an important role in gaining America’s freedom. However, in his later life, he began to fail due to sickness and gout.

In his early years, John Hancock participated in Congress as the Massachusetts delegate. In 1775, he was unanimously voted head of Congress, and he signed the Declaration of Independence .

In his middling years, John was reelected as head of Congress in 1777. Three years later he was elected governor of Massachusetts. In 1785 he resigned, but was soon reelected into that office.

Later, in his final days, John was suffering from sickness, fever, and gout. His legs would swell and have to be wrapped up in “yards and yards of red flannel” (Fritz 45). He eventually died on October 8th, 1793 and was buried in his hometown.

John Hancock was a sturdy man who played a part in gaining liberty from Great Britain. He was an important historical figure, as well as political. John Hancock is a well-known, well-remembered man from history and politics.

 

Works Cited
Fritz, John. Will you sign here, John Hancock?. New York:
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 1976.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling is a well-loved, well-read author from the turn of the twentieth century. He was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, India. He spent most of his premature years in England and India. Throughout his life, Rudyard used his writing to communicate in newspaper articles, poetry, and literature. He did this so well he was the first Englishman to win the Nobel prize for literature.
Kipling started his writing career when he was just 16writing for a newspaper in India. He continued for 8 years writing nonfiction articles. Kipling said that this taught him to communicate and be “succinct, accurate in detail, and interested in the stories of other people” (Gillooly 6). The newspaper also allowed him to print his poems.
Kipling’s poems were first present in the paper and later became one of his main ways of communicating. Kipling later said he chose the “weights, colors, perfumes, and attributes” (Gillooly 5) of his words carefully. In these carefully worded sentences, Kipling communicates his own experiences. In his poem ‘if’, he shows his adoration for his children, and in ‘Neighbors’, he shows his respect for the world.
Another one of Kipling’s main communicating forms is his literature. In his novels, he once again communicates his experiences. Kipling said that he “wanted to tell the tale of our life” (Gillooly 6), and he does in his book ‘Kim’, where he implements his childhood history into the plot.
Kipling is communicating his beliefs and ideas in many different forms. Kipling’s tales have awed readers throughout the world, as modern-day Neil Gaiman said “Kipling was . . . as much a poet of the dispossessed as he was a poet of the Empire” (Gaiman 2). Kipling’s tales have and will inspire readers and writers for ages to come.♣

 

Works Cited

Gaiman, Neil. Rudyard Kipling’s Tales of Horror and Fantasy. New York: Pegasus Books, 2008.

Gillooly, Eileen. Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 2000

Rascal, a Memoir of a Better Era, by Sterling North (an essay)

Rascal, A Memoir of a Better Era is a memoir written by Sterling North. It’s about Sterling and a raccoon that he raises when he is 11 years old. He spends one whole year with Rascal, the raccoon, but in the spring he lets Rascal go. The memoir is about Sterling growing up and realizing that changes occur and he can’t stop them.

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