World Literature 10

World Literature 10 - Monkey as a Novel Monkey is written...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Monkey as a Novel Monkey is written in vernacular Chinese prose o novel is a late literary form (compared to poetry, epics, histories) o designed for a broader, popular audience than classical literature o Monkey is the longest fictional prose literary treatment of Hsuan- Tsangs journey, though others exist in Chinese and Japanese Monkey retains elements of its origin in the oral tradition o fantastic embellishment of historical events o repetition o episodic Monkey shares with Western literature elements of the epic o scope and magnitude o intervention of the gods o one-on-one combat o magic weapons o rituals and sacrifices Buddhist Elements desire to be immortal (to escape samsara ) begins the spiritual quest o samsara the undesirable cycle of birth, death, and rebirth karma all bad behavior has a cost in future lives o Tripitaka, Monkey, Sandy, Pigsy, and the Dragon-Prince are all atoning for bad behavior Compassion modeled by Kuan-Yin and eventually by Monkey Obstacles to Enlightenment o six robbers eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind distract the seeker The Three Baskets o Tripitaka (The Three Baskets) is Hsuan-...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course ENGL 2220 taught by Professor Gilbreath during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.

Page1 / 2

World Literature 10 - Monkey as a Novel Monkey is written...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online