Adventure and the bond within my family

What if we weren’t adventurous by nature? Most likely, we wouldn’t have made many sufficient discoveries, evolved and developed as a population, nor expanded. What if Christopher Columbus didn’t head on a journey to find a western sea route to China, India, and Asia? It would have been significantly longer before this great country was discovered. We would we be vastly underdeveloped. Our society has progressed as a result of curiosity and the thirst for adventure.

Adventure was the driving force behind my childhood. I would always create these games my sister and I would play. One of the games my sister and I played was this game called ‘Around the World.’ There was this 3 inch rug step which lined the wall around our basement. Our mission was to get around the basement without touching the ground. We would climb over tv sets and run across tables; walk over pillows we had set up and shimmy over the tops of couches. We had three lives – every time we touched the ground, we lost one life. We worked together to keep each other ‘alive,’ and to get to the finish line. We played games like this day after, day, month after month throughout our childhood. You could say that adventure is very important to be as it was the driving force of me and my sister’s close relationship growing up.image

Shakespeare as Adventure

William Shakespeare is rarely thought of as adventure, typically we look at his, and other classical plays as either Drama or Comedy. However with remakes of his works coming out in the past 25years we are given a new perspective on classic works which lend themselves towards the adventure genre. Shakespeare’s classic “the tragedy of MacBeth” was remade in 2010 by pbs, to star Patrick Stewart as MacBeth, and is set in a soviet Russia era time period. Another classic remake “Richard III” was redone by Ian Mckellan in 1995. These as well as two other classic plays, “A mid-summers night dream” and “Romeo and Juliet” which were recently remade are specifically modern adventures. The new “mid-summers night dream” is set in a more Classical Tuscany and instead of just merely unintelligent humans that run around on the whim of fairies, we are given people who have more depth and a bit more control. The new “Romeo and Juliet” is possibly the greatest Shakespearean remake as an adventure. Set in more modern day “Verona Beach” which moderns many large cities in California, the feuding families are switched to warring business and gang empires. Romeo is specifically involved in this adventure more so then Juliet as he cris-crosses the city and eventually ends up dead.


Helen Keller stated that “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Typically we associate adventure with something involving risk which can result in positive energy such as excitement and adrenaline, or negative energy such as fear and panic. The first real recorded adventure can be traced back to Homer’s which has had profound effects on all facets of pop culture. Many video games follow the same basic plot line; hero returns from war, faces perilous travels and task, fights in his own house/fatherland so he can have his home back. A 2000 movie, “o brother where art thou” starring George Clooney as Ulysses McGill is a loose interpretation of the original epic but set in 1937 rural Mississippi. Tying everything in English together, parallel to the first story line is the second story line of two governors running races against each other, very similar to all the kings men.