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Sir Francis Bacon

Does reading really make a person complete? Can
it change the way you think? The way you act? Sir Francis Bacon, often called the ‘father’ of the English essay, believes so. He believes what you read and why you read
define who you are as a person. He believes that weather you read for pleasure
or curiosity or knowledge can change how much you actually receive from the
literature and how you connect it to your life. He also
believes what your genre of book you read will make you as a person also. 
In the essay Bacon expresses his views on reading and study. He tells us that he believes that reading makes a man complete. He uses a lot of logos type arguments in his essay telling us exactly
what he means. He also uses some ethos to back up his
arguments relating things to his beliefs. Bacon rarely ever uses Pathos though; he
firmly relies on logic and experience to prove his points. 
I believe what bacon said is quite true reading does make someone complete, but
it also depends on what they read too it would make a difference in how they
act. For instance Bacon says someone who reads a
lot of history will be wise or more knowledgeable rather than someone who reads
a lot of poetry that will make him or her more witty or more humorous. Reading different things will change the way you think which in turn
will change the way you act which ultimately makes you who you are. So, if reading defines who you are, in the end it makes you complete. 
Bacon suggests that you should keep your mind open to all subjects and types of
literature, because it will help to even you as a person. Bacon also says that studying every thing will keep all aspects of your
mind worked nothing will be left out to leave you any less ‘complete’. Bacon’s solution is very good he doesn’t mean to study every subject
like you would for school he just suggests you should read many genres of books
to keep every part of your mind exercised and sharp. He also suggests that if you ever find part of your mind that is
lacking or falling behind pick up a book and read fill your mind with
everything you can. 
Bacon made strong, bold points in this essay he supported his facts and made
logical sense of what he meant. Bacon captured his readers and kept them
hooked throughout the whole essay never letting them go. Bacon wrote an amazing argument and I agreed with every point he
mentioned, though I am quite sure there are people who disagree with this essay
I believe that reading does make you complete. Sir
Francis Bacon was an English statesman and philosopher who believed in the
power of knowledge. Bacon wrote a series of essays in the late
1500s to the early 1600s. One of those essays was called “Of
Studies.” In this essay Bacon states his depiction of education and
learning. He articulated that, “studies serve for delight, for ornament, and
for ability.” Bacon felt that some people gain
knowledge for pure delight. People, who acquire knowledge for delight, do
so because they enjoy it. For instance, those who play sports practice
and learn about their sport because they want to, not because they have to. There are, however, some people who gain knowledge for mere ornament. These people only want to improve themselves in the eyes of others. These are the people who try to better themselves by bragging about
their acheivements and accomplishments in conversation with others. Then there are those who gain knowledge for ability. They want to show that they are able to do something. They learn for
themselves in their free time. Ability is widely used in the area of
business, those who are well educated rather than those who are not better run
a company. 
Bacon also stated that “to spend too much time in studies is sloth;
use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgement wholly by
their rules, is the humor of a scholar.”
Education can be taken to extreme by spending excessive time studying. Bacon feels that those who only study and never actually use their
knowledge are being lazy. Education is meant to be preparation for the
real world. People should not use education to show off and
make themselves appear superior to others. Some people make judgments solely on
information acquired from books. However, a true scholar would filter that
information acquired from books and apply it to their own life experience where
it will be useful. For instance, it is more important to learn the reasons
behind the Civil War, rather than focusing on memorization of the Civil War
Bacon felt that there are three types of men. He expressed, “crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them,
and wise men use them.” Crafty men are tricky and somewhat
sneaky, for they believe that education is unnecessary when they can cut
corners and be just as successful. They put down those who gain success through
education. A crafty man would rather gain so-called
success from dealing drugs than from studying medicine and becoming a doctor. Simple men are those who are uneducated, but have a high regard for
those who are. They encourage education, especially for their
children. They have a desire for others to be better educated than they had the
opportunity to be. Wise men are those who are educated and apply
what they have learned to their lives. 
“Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted;
nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be
chewed and digested.” Bacon believed that people should not
read exclusively to prove people wrong. People mustn’t trust everything they read;
they ought to filter the information through their own experiences. Information may not always be true; people need to ask questions and
decide whether their source is reliable. People should read because they desire to
learn, not because they want something to talk about. Bacon feels people should read to decide which books have information
that will benefit them in their life experiences.
Knowledgeable people are better equipped to make difficult choices throughout
life. They must weigh curiously the three types of books. Some books need only to be tasted. These are the easy books, which are not hard
to comprehend. Some books, however, need to be swallowed. These books are read at face value and their points are not often
questioned. They are reasonably straightforward and
require diminutive thought. There are a select few books that require
being chewed up and digested in order to comprehend them. These are the books that people will not understand right away; people
will more than likely have to read them a few times. Many times, people will have different interpretations of these books. Often there will be more to parts of the books than some people are
able to grasp. An example of a book which must be chewed up
and swallowed would be the bible; there are many different interpretations to
this book. These books will sometimes need a deputy as
well. For instnace, in addition to reading the book, people may need to read
the cliff’s notes or watch the movie. 
Bacon felt strongly about knowledge. He thought that, “reading maketh a
full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” Reading
assists people in gaining knowledge. Discussing knowledge goes one step further
by preparing people to use what they have learned in life. Writing,
nevertheless, is the ultimate goal of an exact man. In order to write, people
must completely understand what they have learned and read. 
Sir Francis Bacon was a profound scholar. His philosophies were
truthful and still today his thoughts are considered eminent.