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Not a days work in all my life What I have done I have done because it has been play If it had been work I shouldnt have done itWhen we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world-Mark Twain As this quote shows games were a very important part of life to Mark Twain This would help explain why games are such an important part in most of his works one of which is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn He uses these games to symbolize many different things from maturity to the quest for knowledge opening new views to what could have been a simple novel This importance of games reflects that of our lives when we must play the game of life as we learn lose and win This is the reason that Mark Twain uses the various games such as tricks disguises superstitions and fantasies to parallel Huckleberry Finns maturation and his education in life in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The novel is broken up into three main stages exemplifying Hucks maturation through the games he encounters In the first stage the novel parallels childhood and recklessness with games Most obviously Huck plays games with the people of his own town that he comes in contact with From the very beginning of the novel Huck terrorizes Ms Waterson his keeper with various tricks and antics He plays his games on her because he is immature and only a child Ms Waterson tries desperately to conform Huck to the rules of her game by making him civilized and not allowing him to just be a child Huck rebels against this and plays childish pranks on her never meaning any harm and only for his own amusement Another example of Hucks childish tricks is when he and Tom play a trick on Ms Watersons slave Jim while he is asleep Although Jim could retaliate
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