If you could have dinner with any person (real or fictional) from any point in time, who would you choose and why?
Start by Brainstorming
The prompt is asking you who in the world, from history, literature, or even TV you would most like to meet. Maybe this is a person you have always admired, or perhaps it is someone who could teach you a new skill. Maybe they could answer a question about the past you have always had, or maybe you would just like to be their friend.
Start by considering a wide range of possible people, both real and fictional, then narrow it down to the one you are most excited to write about. Your choice of guest does not necessarily have to be heavy or serious! For example, your dinner guest could be a/an:
- world leader (current or historical)
- religious figure
- personal ancestor
- famous athlete
- author, actor, artist, performer
- favorite book or TV character
- superhero or action hero
Then Write a Quick Outline
- (Thesis) I would want to have dinner with Gandhi.
- (Supporting Idea 1) To ask about non-violent protest.
- (Detail 1) Studied about him in school.
- (Detail 2) Learn about his inspiration.
- (Supporting Idea 2) How to be a good leader.
- (Detail 1) Led a movement, so inspirational.
- (Detail 2) How to handle disagreement.
- (Supporting Idea 3) Ask for advice about today’s world.
- (Detail 1) A lot of conflict today.
- (Detail 2) Want guidance for how to improve.
- (Conclusion) Gandhi could inspire me to become a better person.
If I could have dinner with any person from any point in time, I would choose to share a meal with Mahatma Gandhi. I have always found him to be an inspiring figure and am drawn to the way he was both a spiritual and political leader. If we had dinner together, I would want to learn more about non-violent protest and about how to be an effective leader, and I would be curious to see if he had advice about how to live in today’s world.
In school, we studied Gandhi’s non-violent protest, or satyagraha. If I had dinner with Gandhi, I would ask him more about this so I could learn his personal perspective, not just what others wrote about him. I want to know where he got his inspiration from, and how he stayed focused on his non-violent goals. Finally, I want to understand why he always promoted non-violence, especially when it seems like violent action might be easier.
I also want to talk to Gandhi about how to be a good leader. He led a huge movement in India to help end British rule, and was central to establishing the new government during a stressful period of time. Leadership is hard, and I want to know how he managed to get through it all, particularly when handling disagreements between his followers. I have been very interested in leadership since I became involved in student government.
Finally, I want to ask Gandhi for advice about living in today’s world, which is split by so many disagreements and everyone is always so angry. I really believe that Gandhi’s peaceful approach to events in the past could be a model for us today. I would be so interested to hear his suggestions for how to solve conflict, and especially what advice he might have for me personally about how to live more peacefully.
Ever since I learned about Gandhi, he has been a big source of inspiration. That is why he is the historical figure I would choose to have dinner with. I would learn more about his approach to non-violence and leadership and get advice for living in the present. Of course, I cannot have dinner with Gandhi, but I can study his life and teachings by reading or watching documentaries and he can still be a valuable role model.