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The Notorious Benedict Arnold
Transcript of The Notorious Benedict Arnold
By Steve Sheinkin
A notorious patriot in the revolutionary war is also the most well-known traitor during the 1700s. Benedict Arnold, a die-hard patriot with a tragic past, is mostly known for his mutiny against America, but his life was much more than that. A story of loss and love with a hint of adventure and sensibility. A story quite like a hero's...
Benedict Arnold- A reckless man who was powerful fighter in the Revolutionary war and would be hero, but he was greedy and turned on his people just for money. Compared to Andre, hes less handsome. average. Congress didn't like Arnold s recklessness and how he quickly charged into battles without orders. Washington liked Arnold though. he listened to Arnold s plans, agreed with him, and trusted him, only to have his trust broken.
John Andre- A free-spirited man with tons of talent, speech, and charm. He was on the side of the British during the Revolutionary War. He is a very handsome man and a charmer to woman. With his likable attitude, he even managed to become friends with General Clinton. Many people adored him for his artistic ways and out-going/friendly nature.
George Washington- The famous first president was a general during the war. He was kind, a good general in war, and was determined. He and Arnold were friends and he followed his plans. He trusted Arnold. Arnold thought of him as a good leader and role model.
Mood- The mood is that the reader felt trust and then betrayal. In the beginning, we learn to trust Arnold. He's a die hard Patriot. He fights for freedom, he comes up with swell plans, ones that George Washington approves, and cares for his men. You trust him and some what agree with his deeds. If it weren't for Arnold, the war might have been different. But when Arnold takes the bad path of traitor, you think, why? You start to get angry with Arnold's greedy actions and feel the betrayal that George Washington felt about Arnold. You start to hate him. Especially since he's the main couse of Andre's death.
Tone-The tone is taht a lot of people knew Benedict Arnold as a traitor. The author wanted to what a would-be hero was. The story showed us his hardships and what might have caused him to be so persistent in his actions. The author showed us his full story, allowing us to make our own conclutions and feeling towards him and his actions throughout his life.
The taking of Fort Ticonderoga.
American Defeat at Quebec.
The capture of John Andre.
The hanging of John Andre.
The birth and death of Benedict Arnold.
At first, we thought it would be harder to understand or relate to how Benedict Arnold felt during these events in his life because we were never in the same type of situation, but there are points in the story were you feel hints of compassion for him. At a young age Benedict Arnold looses two of his sisters to the yellow fever. This brought grief to his family and eventually caused his father to start drinking more often. The family became very poor and the Arnold name lost its prestige. In this day and age, it's quite common for this too happen to families. Especially for people who have been through a situation like this, it's easier for people to relate to how he felt. He wanted to renew his family name.
Mood, Tone, & Theme
Theme- The theme of the story could be that Benedict Arnold wanted to renew his family name after his family had lost so much resepect. As a kid, Arnold lost his sisters to the yellow fever which caused his father to start drinking. The family lost quite a lot of money in this time and people though the family less than they were.
The other theme could be independance. In the beginning of his life, Benedict Arnold, as well as, many of the other colonists in America wanted to be freed from the British laws and governmental ways. Arnold was one of the first to sign up as a soldier to serve int he war when they had asked.
Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, 1741 in Norwich, Connecticut. Arnold was one of a number of "Benedict Arnold"s including an early governor of Rhode Island and his father.
Arnold's mother died in 1759, and his father followed his wife in death two years later.
Margaret Mansfield became the bride of Benedict Arnold in 1767. They had three sons.
Prior to the official outbreak of war, Arnold became a Captain in the Governor's Second Company of Guards. When the word spread of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Arnold marched off to the action with his troops. After the illness of his wife, and succumbing to a bout of gout himself, Arnold traveled to Cambridge to settle up his accounts with the Massachusetts Committee of Safety.
By May of 1779, Arnold had begun bargaining with the British.
Arnold died on June 14, 1801.
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