|Plot Summary of Benedict Arnold|
|" Benedict Arnold: soldier, patriot, and traitor. The most famous traitor in American history, Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, 1741 in Norwich, Connecticut. He had joined the Connecticut militia to fight in the French and Indian war in the 1750s, but had deserted. His mother died when he was 18, and his father became an alcoholic. Benedict worked hard to support his family, after his father's shipping business began to fail. He was extremely amibtious, arrogant, and talented.
Benedict built a successful shipping business himself, and was a staunch supporter of the American cause at the outset of the Revolutionary War. He helped Ethan Allen capture Fort Ticonderoga, he was instrumental in the American victory at Saratoga, but he was becoming dissatisfied. He was upset that the Continental Congress was not giving him the recognition he felt he deserved. He was made Military Governor of Philadelphia after the British evacuated that city, and he began to socialize with known Tories. Tories were people who supported the British army, and many of Arnold's subordinates were curious about his close friendship with them. Arnold married the daughter of one of these Tories, a woman named Peggy Shippen, and together, she and Arnold hatched a plan that would make Arnold rich, by betraying America."
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Benedict Arnold|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Led as soldier
- Spying for secrets
Period of greatest activity?
- Revolutiony War (US)
Subject of Biography
- infantry soldier
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- fort/military installation
- 18th century
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- mostly dialog
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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