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Using the “The Definition of Play and the Classification of Games” by Caillois, critically analyze the game Monopoly as a cultural product and as part of our culture, and how it could be better in a cultural frame.

According to Caillois's classification, Monopoly is primarily a game of luck (Alea), with an element of skill and competition (Agon). The main problem with Monopoly as a cultural product is that players use their good luck to prey on their opponents. Removing this element and replacing it with a more philanthropic focus would improve Monopoly's contribution to the culture.

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In "The Definition of Play and the Classification of Games," Roger Caillois identifies four principal elements in the composition of any game: Ilinx (play for the sake of sensation), Mimicry, Agon (competition) and Alea (luck).

Monopoly is largely a game of luck, with a minor element of strategy or skill. It is therefore a game in which Alea predominates, but Agon is also present. The other two elements are largely...

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