A Story Resembling The American Dream
The South Korean TV series It’s Okay to Not Be Okay appeals to American ideals because it portrays the American Dream. In this series, the three main characters all experience traumatic events in their childhood. However, as adults, they successfully recover from their trauma through hard work and perseverance. For example, Sang Tae, one of the main characters, overcomes his terror of butterflies through diligence and perseverance. Sang Tae is scared of butterflies because a woman with a butterfly brooch killed his mother when he was a child. He tries to overcome his fear by painting a mural with butterflies in it but struggles to do so for a long time. After many repeated efforts, he is finally able to draw butterflies and heal from his trauma. His success illustrates that people can achieve happiness through hard work and persistence. This story of happiness being achieved by working hard and not giving up resembles the American Dream. The American Dream is a significant ideal for Americans because it is grounded in some of the core, founding values of the United States: equality and the right to pursue happiness. Regardless of whether or not the American Dream is actually attainable in reality, Americans are naturally drawn to stories that mirror it because these stories give them hope that the American Dream can be achieved in their own lives.