María A. Pérez P:G January 30, 2012
English IV Honors Sra. Geswaldo
Essay Analysis “Of nature and Men” by Francis Bacon
One of the leading figures in natural philosophy, FrancisBacon was one of the best essayist and writer in the Renaissance and modern day era. He was closed aquatinted with Queen Elizabeth and was part of her counsel, serving her as a lawyer. We can see hewas a very inquisitive thinker and questioned everything including the law, politics and religion among other; making him an ideal example of what the Renaissance was all about. His success wasbased on his thirst for knowledge which latter on guided him to the highest political office, Lord Chancellor. Among several works he left we find one of his best, Of Nature in Men.
While reading Ilearn how accurately he managed to transmit his message and opinion about how men in general function. By doing so he gives us advice on how he thinks the right way to perform should be. He tells us:“He that seeketh victory over his nature, let him not set himself too great nor too small tasks; for the first will make him dejected by often failings; and the second will make him a smallproceeder, though by often prevailings.”
This quote talks about the reason why many times people get frustrated and feel they are worthless while not being able to achieve success. Bacon’s deduction of thisproblem faced by men is that they are either aiming too high or too low. As he said it is best to find that medium point where we learn to accept our weaknesses and imperfections in order to set agoal low enough that is tangible but high enough that would make us push ourselves and sweat in order to accomplish what we desire. Through this working progress we will find struggles. Another quotesays “… but after a time let him practice with disadvantages, as dancers do with thick shoes. For it breeds great perfection, if the practice be harder than the use.” Practicing and obtaining...
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