The Perfect Citizen

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The perfect citizen is one that conforms wholly to the ideals of society and the government. They should not hold beliefs that stray from the government endorsed platform and should not act in any way that is contrary to the social norm. The image of a perfect citizen does not remain stable across time but rather is fluid and changes with the attitude of the era. For instance, at the end of the nineteenth century, an ideal person was one that strove for positive relationships between other people and was generally pleasant. These people were well balanced as well, engaged in both family matters and business ones.[1] Over time, however, people were inadvertently encouraged to value economic incentives more than personal connections. At this stage, people became secondary to the dollar. This can be seen in the evolution of board games. As the general expectations for people changed, this was reflected in the appearance and game-play of popular board games. While many of the games that have been around for several social eras have seen such a change, there are some that have seen it more so than others. These games are the game of Life, Clue, Monopoly and Battleship.

 

[1] “Gender roles in the 19th century”, Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians, accessed April 24, 2017, https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/gender-roles-in-the-19th-century 

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a) “People and Ideas: The Puritans”, PBS, accessed April 25, 2017, http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/people/puritans.html

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