"Man, Play, And Games" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"Man, Play, And Games"
An analysis of Roger Caillois' book.
# 24702 | 450 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2003 in Psychology (Social) , English (Analysis)


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Analysis of Roger Caillois' book. Caillois thesis that although play is pure waste, it is an essential part of human social and spiritual development. How games become part of daily life, and their contributions to society and cultures. Definitions of play, and classification of types of games. Free play versus rules of games.

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"The author begins with a statement of the meaning of play offered by Huizinga, a definition that Caillois says is both too broad and too narrow; that definition states that play is "a free activity standing quite consciously outside 'ordinary' life" (4) and, while being seen as "not serious," also absorbs the interest of the player. It is also said to promote "the formation of social groupings which tend to surround themselves with secrecy and to stress their difference from the common world by disguise or other means" (4). The author offers an analysis of this definition and of the concept of play itself to show what characteristics play possesses and why it is not as broad or as narrow as elements in the earlier definition.

Play is a choice, first, something one does because one wishes to do it. It is seen as something separate from real ..."

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