Patriotism: American Identity Defined Through Opportunity, Hard Work, and Loyalty

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Scorching heat, pure exhaustion, and constant fear convey the bleak image of war. The definition of war is varied, and “often the proposed definition masks a particular political or philosophical stance” (Moseley). Colonel William Travington portrays his beliefs about the brutality of war through one simple sentence; “You know, it's an ugly business doing one's duty... but just occasionally it's a real pleasure” (“The Patriot”). Our country is home to a diversity of perspectives on what it means to be an American, and the loyalty that comes from this earned title. Being an American is a privilege, not a right. The sacrifices made in war show the true cost of being free. Freedom is the basis of our country, and the measures Americans are willing to take to protect that freedom reveal their devotion to their country. What costs will we take to maintain the well-being of our nation? The answer to this question is a direct result of the “patriotism” shared by the members of this great nation.1Analyzing popular music, classic art, educational films, and American literature allows us to define American identity through the basis of opportunity, hard work, and loyalty. Everyday men are willing to lay down their lives for the honor of their country. Everyday foreigners are fighting to earn the right to be called an American. They do this to gain and fulfill the meaningful life of an American citizen. Memorial sculptures such as the Iwo Jima were established to honor the men that died fighting for the principles in which they believed. 2 This particular sculpture symbolizes a major victory for the American soldiers that helped liberate Jews from Nazi control.3 This country represents a strong independent nation, as well as a trustworthy... ... middle of paper ... ... America where it is today. Patriotism for your country comes from your personal beliefs. It is when you really love and remain loyal to your country no matter the cost. The men and women that fought to defend the honor of our country are the true patriots. War is not supported by everyone, but these men still risk their lives to protect the freedom of the citizens that don’t believe in what they are fighting for. For them it is all about remain loyal to America, and standing up for what they believe in. Hard work is another factor that led America into its inevitably successful future. Men and women in this country don’t earn their living through lack of effort. Even through rough times in the economy, Americans sought work instead of giving up. Being an American is being a part of a great society that works to build itself up through the loyal citizens.

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