created by the author as an individual entity that resembles the
characteristic of an ordinary human being. It is quite obvious that
the audience would better understand the idea hidden in the
literature if the characteristics of the protagonist are closely
related to those of the reader. In Monkey , the author carefully
parallels the traits of Monkey to the lives of human beings. Then why
does the author portray so much resemblance between Monkey and human?
The author s approach in attracting the audience by using symbolism
successfully accomplishes the intention in the novel.
All humans feel
a need, a hunger for the things that benefit their way of living.
Monkey easily symbolizes many ordinary humans in this world. Monkey s
life represents a journey that reflects the lives of most human
beings. From the beginning of the novel,Monkey expresses hunger that
is overpowered by greed. Similar to human beings,Monkey first seeks
knowledge, then power, and finally enlightenment. Monkey s arrogance
brought by greed is displayed when he proclaims, why do you not bow
down to me as your king? . Monkey s desire to acquire more than the
apparent limit is more understandable to the audience, because human
beings are able to empathize with this greed felt by Monkey.
All people fight
with human nature to alter the natural phenomenon that occurs in
life. In comparison, Monkey struggles to alter nature by demanding
immortality. Human beings struggle to change nature in order to
achieve higher status in society or personal satisfaction. Monkey
seeks immortality to prevent nature from taking its course so that he
may be able to rule his kingdom forever. Readers are able to better
understand Monkey s adventure to find the impossible in life. Man
looks for opportunities to expand his
as Monkey strives to increase his powers. During the course of life,
there are obstacles that hinder the path to acquiring the impossible
powers. The forces of good and evil goes up against each other
throughout the novel. The tension between good and evil comes natural
throughout the book just as human beings experience hardship in
similarity portrayed between Monkey s world and human civilization
are the values and the customs they hold. Chinese moral values are
deeply incorporated into the world of Monkey. One lesson represented
is the loyalty to one s family which is a very important part of
Chinese culture. The vengeance of a father by his son is twice seen
with Tripitaka and King Crow-cock. The audience can relate much
better and understand the circumstances, because the same values hold
true in human s life. The author intentionally makes the setting
parallel to the ordinary life of humans even though it seems
like Monkey s
world is extraordinary.
novel, Monkey struggles with many hardships which in turn
teaches a moral
lesson to the readers. By making Monkey resemble to a human
character,the author can approach the audience with a personal
closeness. The author s intention successfully achieves his goal by
arousing the reader s mind to learn the morals and enjoy the
entertaining adventures of Monkey.
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