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The Game of Life Stephen Cranes The Five White Mice is a story of chance a game and the unpredictability of life A game is defined as A way of amusing oneself A set of rules completely specifying a competition including the permissible actions of and information available to each participant Life resembles a game in various ways Both a game and life are governed by a certain set of rules and specific challenges that arise throughout These rules place boundaries as to what can or cannot be done One of the challenges that arises is learning to play or live within those determined rules Because rules are made and not chosen some win and some lose Initially the act of playing a game was to entertain It allowed those in rural areas to socialize while at the same time provided many whom lived in the big cities a chance to escape the stress of everyday hustle and bustle But is it possible for recreation to change a persons character and instead of being a part of the game allow life to become the game itself The story begins in an American bar in Mexico where several men are entranced by gambling These men have become oblivious to the entire outside world to which they make no mention The outside world is everything apart from the game itself The game could therefore be played outside the bar and yet still have an outside world This proposes that a new world can be created when the outside world and the game coalesce The game takes control of them like a fever The narrator says it afflicted a man with a stroke of dice shaking Then violently the cravings took them It went along the line like an epidemic and involved them allF758 Something in or about the game caused these men to leave reality and enter the world they created A world in
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