The American Dream In James Bradley's 'Flags Of Our Fathers'

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The American Dream is the philosophy that everyone deserves equal opportunities to succeed through hard work and perseverance. There comes a time when this philosophy is threatened by other nations. During WWII the Imperial Japanese empire wanted to take over Asia, and they saw the US as the only ones in their way. After the battle of Midway the tides had turned and the US began to win the war. They began the long offensive island hopping campaign to get to Japan. In Flags of Our Fathers, by James Bradley, Marines storm the island of Iwo Jima to protect America’s ideals and to stop the threat of Japan. Fueled by the freedom and liberty he had enjoyed, ‘Doc’ Bradley risked his life to protect and make sure that he and those
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He goes throughout the war longing to return home and complete his dream of starting up his own Funeral Home (Bradley). After the replacemnt flag raising was photographed and sent back to the US, it became an instant hit, and a symbol of bravery, heroism, and American Dream. It symbolized that through hard work and an opportunity, the US and its people will rise to the challenge and succeed (Bradley). Doc and the other flag raisers were taken back to the US for a war funds tour, but Doc did not want anything to do with the recognition of being such a hero. Even after returning home after the war he did not want any special treatment. For the rest of his life he thought nothing of his fame. He always insisted that “‘The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn’t come back’” (Bradley 343). He had gone through hell and back and had all the opportunities to tell of what a hero he was, but that was not Doc Bradley. He just wanted the quiet, prosperous life that most who come to the US wish for. He was always evading reporters and would not bring up the war even to his family. They did not even know he was given a medal until after he died (Bradley). After the war Doc finally came home and fulfilled the American Dream. Though he survived the war, he lost many fellow Marines and was haunted by the battle for the rest of his life. He was not one to complain, he was an ideal American, he understood that all people had problems and that he needed to overcome them. He did not rely on anyone, just his own perseverance and work

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