What Makes the American Dream?
To do what makes oneself happy. The American Dream is represented in many different ways and every person lives and chases a different version of the American Dream. Chris McCandless lived his American dream by walking alone into the wilderness of Alaska in the winter. The song written by Toby Keith, “American Soldier”, shows the price some pay for their dreams and ours to come true. Jay Gatsby died trying to acheive his dream and get the girl he loved, but died happy because he had pursued her until his death. The band All Time Low wrote a song called “The Reckless and The Brave” that brings a new light to how we go about achieving our dreams. So I believe that the American Dream is all about doing what will make you the happiest in the end.
Chris McCandless was a bit of a drifter, but when he died, he had achieved his dream and passed away happily. “If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed” (Krakauer). This represents his American Dream because Chris believed in doing what you wanted when you want to, part of his American Dream, contributing to his overall happiness in life. “I now walk into the wild” (Krakauer). Chris walked alone into the brush of Alaska, just to get away from his demons and be truly happy. This was his American Dream because it was what made him the happiest before he died. “Chris McCandless was at peace, serene as a monk gone to God” (Krakauer). Chris had achieved his dream once he reached Alaska. We know this because if the American Dream is doing what will make you happy, and he died happy in Alaska, Chris had achieved his Dream. I believe that is what made it okay for him to pass happily, the fact that he had escaped his demons and achieved his dream. Just as many soldiers who are honored in this next song do as well.
Toby Keith pays a great homage to our men in uniform as he also proves that our dreams, and their dreams, come for a price even if they do like their job. “I don’t do it for the money, there’s bills that I can’t pay” (Keith). This represents the American Dream because even though this soldier cannot pay all of the bills at home, he continues with this job because it makes him happy. “I will always do my duty, no matter what the price, I’ve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice” (Keith). This is part of the American Dream because this is what he wants to do, no matter how much it may pain him in case things turned for the worst and he never saw his family again. Our dreams come at the price of some people never coming home and getting to see their family again. “I’ll bear that cross with honor, ‘cause freedom don’t come free, I’m an American Soldier” (Keith). Our soldiers give up things we get every day, to live their dream and to give us a chance to live our dreams too. This song has a lot to do with the American Dream because our dreams can be very costly, and this shows us how. But these soldiers most of the time...