Word to Caesar

In Word to Caesar, by Geoffrey Trecise, two ways of experiencing life are portrayed. The first is through direct experience or action. The second is through thought or reflection. The poet Severus says he prefers “the adventures of the mind” (48). In contrast, the protagonist Paul generally prefers physical activity.

I, myself, have enjoyed both types of adventures in life. I have enjoyed life vicariously through books and movies. Some that have taken me to other places and times include Christopher Nolan’s movie, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games. They have shown me different ways of life and different problems people face in this world. For example, in The Dark Knight Rises, the protagonist Bruce Wayne/Batman, has to fight against villainous Bane to save Gothem City and all its residents. In The Hunger Games, Katniss, the protagonist, has to fight for her life in an arena, but this is only the beginning of a much bigger situation.

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I have also enjoyed adventures in real life. I have gone on vacations and played sports that allowed me to experience life quite directly. For example, I have been swimming with a shark, which is one of the scariest things I have ever done. Even though it was not dangerous, it still frightened me. Another adventure I have been on was when I was in Mexico, I rode a donkey, went hiking and went zip-lining. Another adventure I got to enjoy was when I reading Shiver. I could just imagine Sam transforming into a wolf and running into the cold winter night.

Like Paul in Word to Caesar, I have had adventures of the mind and through direct experience. Both can be fun. My preference is for direct experience. I love feeling the rush of rock climbing or zip-lining. I prefer to feel the excitement instead of reading about excitement that other people are having.