his father was upset with his dream of wanting to go to sea, and his father josiah Franklin, told him that writing poetry was for poor people and he should stick to writing good prose. his half brother, James Franklin, a printer, constantly argued with him, he was very jealous of him and sometimes beat him. Ben had to work as an apprentice to him from 13 yrs. old to 21, but he ran away from massachusets to philadelphia when he was17. he struggled with finding jobs over there. this is just the beginning of ben's life...his story gets more interesting. read Ben Franklin: Inventing America for more details. its not that long, only 164 pgs.