dyssey Vs Mnkey King Mnkey King, r knwn t the Chinese as Jurney t West, written by Wu Ch’eng-en(1500?-1582), a schlar-fficial, is ne f the renwned classical Chinese nvels. It is based n a true stry f a famus Chinese mnk, Xuan Zang (602-664).
After years f trials and tribulatins, he traveled n ft t what is tday India, the birthplace f Buddhism, t seek fr the Sutra, the Buddhist hly bk. The stry f Jurney t the West is divided int three parts: (1) an early histry f the Mnkey spirit; (2) pseud-histrical accunt f Tripitaka’s family and life befre his trip t fetch the sutras in the Western Heaven; (3) the main stry, cnsisting f 81 dangers and calamities encuntered by Tripitaka and his three animal spirit disciples – Mnkey, Pigsy, and Sandy . The Mnkey King was brn ut f rck, and hence is extremely strng and durable – in fact he is ttally invulnerable. He is immrtal, having grged himself n the life-giving peaches f the Jade Emperr’s sacred garden.
He is als extremely smart – he learned all the magic tricks in the wrld frm a master Taist, s that he is nw able t transfrm himself int seventy-tw different images such as a tree, a bird, a beast f prey r a bug as small as a msquit s as t sneak int an enemy’s belly t fight him inside r ut. He can emply cluds as vehicles allwing him t travel 180,000 miles in a single smersault. He uses a Wishing Staff he gt frm the Dragn Kings f the ceans as his favrite weapn – it can expand r shrink at its wner’s cmmand (he nrmally stres it in his earlbe).
Myths and legends had always been a part of early Chinese literature. With the integration of Buddhism and spirituality into the culture, more fables on fantasy, dream and reality, and even spirits and ghosts, were produced as evident in writings from the six dynasties that ensued. The two tales discussed in this paper were written during the Tang Dynasty and they belong to this category, more ...
He can turns clumps f his hair int any bject he desires. His fiery eyes can see thrugh mst illusins. Being made f stne, he is uncmfrtable underwater.
Mnkey was hatched frm a magical egg n a muntain tp, which had been weathered and fertilised by the elements ver many centuries. Made f stne and virtually indestructible (althugh he still feels pain), he was crwned the Mnkey King after he prved t be the nly mnkey n the Muntain f Fruit and Flwers t dare g thrugh the Water Curtain and set up a kingdm n Earth. Upn realizing that he was destined t die like everyne else, he made it his new gal t becme immrtal. He lcated a Taist wh taught him magic and alchemy (and hw t fly n cluds).
Hmers dyssey takes place abut 700BC in the Mediterranean, near Greece. The epic is abut a man wh left his hme twenty years earlier t fight in the Trjan War.
His challenge became t make his way hme t Ithaca. dysseus shws gd and bad traits thrughut the epic that influence his way hme. The curage and wisdm f dysseus help him survive thrugh the whle epic. Fr example, dysseus kills the Cyclps while the giant is asleep, even thugh the mnster ate tw men minutes befre (P.110).
dysseus has curage t stand up fr his beliefs and never lets the pinin f thers keep him frm ding what is right. Sme think dysseus shws his curage thrughut the epic because he is prud and des nt want t leave any jb unfinished. Furthermre, dysseus by plugs the sailrs ears with wax when ging thrugh the Sirens, whse sweet singing lures sailrs t there dm (p. 141).
dysseus ften hesitates befre acting, because he uses reasn t evaluate the situatin, which saves him and his men many times. dysseus knws that there is n prgress withut the wisdm t back it up. Using curage and wisdm thrughut life allws a persn t see greatness in life. As great as he was, dysseus still had sme weaknesses, mst imprtantly that f his pride and sensuality, which prlngs his vyage back t Ithaca. This is clearly evident in the episde n the Cyclpes Island when dysseus and his men are safely away frm the island when dysseus brags abut his explits making Plythemus hurl giant bulders almst sinking the ship (P. 114).
This incident hurt dysseus mre than just lsing a few men, because Pseidn makes his travel hme very lng and arduus. This prud characteristic shws dysseus has a lack f respect fr thers and that he is selfish. Furthermre, dysseus stays with Circe fr ne year befre his men remind him f hme (p. 116).
On the Aesthetic Education of Man Friedrich Schiller wrote an interesting book called On the Aesthetic Education of Man. In this book he defines patterns of beauty and art and also he is trying to integrate the patterns of beauty into the educational process of humans. This is a philosophical approach that he is trying to implement in evaluating the concepts concerning the issue of aesthetic ...
Works cited: Adventures of the Monkey King, Cheng-En Wu, R. L. Gao, Marlys Johnson-Barton (Illustrator), Wu Cheng-En, Ch’eng-En Wu; Victory Press; (October 1989) Odyssey, Homer, Airmont Pub Co; Reissue edition (June 1982).