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English 802 Fall 11 HW

However what monkeys sense of entitlement blinds him

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master at only one realm of knowledge that he is deserving of all things great. However what Monkey’s sense of entitlement blinds him from understanding is that in order to get to a higher level in life and be successful at keeping that rank, one must be humble and pay their dues. A prime example of this can be seen n chapter 4 when Monkey learns that his position tending the stables of heaven holds no rank (Monkey 45). Even in the heaven, perceived to be the most perfect of places imaginable, he is not content. The fact that he is n the place that mere mortals spend their human lives striving to gain acceptance into after death just isn’t enough for Monkey. Outraged he leaves heaven as well as his heavenly duties unattended due to pride and what he sees as a lack of respect for all that he fancies himself to be. ”The Jade Emperor has no regard for talent. (Monkey 47)” He proves this to be true in saying when he learns of the lack of depth in his title by saying, “Don’t they know on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit, I was a king and a Patriarch?! (Monkey 46)” His continuous sense of entitlement prides him to not only feel as though he deserves things that he has not gained accordingly but even better than what he desired in the first place. Monkey’s failure to understand that ultimate royalty does not happen over night serves as a further hindrance to him finding his ultimate goal in life. Monkey’s challenging of the Jade Emperor further proves that royalty even with immortality requires hard work to maintain. Because Monkey was successful immortality and was already accustomed to being treated like a king, he felt that everyone should treat him as such. What Monkey did not seem to realize is that the gods that were in control of his existence were not just given their positions in a day or on a whim. Work had to be done and humility had to be shown in order to gain such a high rank. Even heirs to the throne have to be trained in the ways of conducting business and how to rule their
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kingdom when their time comes. They also had to fight to make sure those who were after their high ranks of status, as Monkey is with the Jade Emperor, did not succeed in taking all that they had earned. When he gained his immortality through theft of the peaches, wine and immortal pills at the peach banquet in chapter 5 (Monkey 54-59) also did not understand that it did not equal saintly-hood, royalty or even godliness. This is proven to him when he is captured and prompted to speak to Buddha of the Western Region on why he desires to rule heaven. Buddha who questions him “How can you delude yourself into supposing that you can seize the Jade Emperor’s throne? He has been perfecting himself for 1750 kalpas, and every kalpa is 129,000 years. Just see how long it takes you to achieve such wisdom as his! …You exceed yourself, and will surely come to a bad end.” Monkey’s failure to pass Buddha’s test to obtain heaven as well as
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