Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold

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  •                            Exposition
  • Rising Actions  
  • Conflict
  • Young Benedict Arnold lived in Norwich Connecticut where he was a quit mischievous boy. He was the sixth Benedict Arnold and was always getting up to doing pranks and always being called a daredevil by his teachers. 
  • Climax
  • In 1775, the Revolutionary war breaks out, which causes Arnold to join the continental army. When joining the army his courage and leadership skills, quickly make him rise to the rank of colonel and soon to general when leading forces in Canada.  But sadly, the British outnumber his men and they have had many failed attempts at taking the capital of Canada, Quebec.  
  • Falling Action 
  • When fighting in Quebec and the war, numerous times Arnold is cheated out of being responsible for victories or battles won over the British. Other men such as Ethan Allen, General Montgomery, and Horatio Gates, take credit for victories that most likely would not have been won, if it were not for Arnold.   
  • Resolution/Theme 
  • After another General takes over in Quebec, Arnold fights in many other battles, and then goes to Saratoga where and his fellow General, Horatio Gates are in command of the force protecting the fort there. But Gates is the one on top, and disagrees with Arnold on a lot of his ideas, making them dislike each other. At the battle of Saratoga, Gates refuses to let Arnold fight, and dismisses him to his tent. Hearing the sound of gunfire at the battle Arnold mounts his horse and leads a charge outside the fort. This charge makes the British fall back, making the defending force victorious. This is also where he said this famous line: "Victory or Death".      
  • After the battle of Saratoga, Arnold is left wounded and is out of the war for about a year. After that he meets a 19 year old girl named Peggy Shippen, who he falls in love with. Even though she is a strong loyalist to the British he decides marry her. After they are married he borrows a loan to buy her a house and has no way of paying back the loan. He then looks into to see how much the British would pay him if he switched sides. Once he saw that they would pay him much more he then planned to switch sides of the war. He had also felt that the continental army did not appreciate him, or give him as much credit as they should. 
  • Benedict Arnold became a new general of the British army, and a new traitor of the continental army. The American army was enraged and shocked by his betrayal, and Arnold being a new general led attacks and raids on to american towns and homes during the war. Before then General Washington had given orders to kidnap Arnold from his home. Washington's plan to do this was by sending in a continental officer to be a spy for him, and act under Arnold's command as a new British officer. Sadly, Arnold would escape, and settle in places like Canada and Caribbean after the war. He then moved to London, where he died at the age of 60. Peggy died 3 years later at the age of 44. Overall to me the moral of the story to me, is to give credit and pride to the ones that deserve it like Benedict Arnold. To me, if he was given the credit he deserved while fighting under the continental army, he maybe would not have been a traitor.     
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