By Fady B. The monkey king story is based upon a true story of a monk named, Xuan Zang, who according to the website Chinese Legends, by Hai Wang Yuan, came to India by foot and brought the religion Muslim to China. The monkey king story is also a one of the four most famous stories called Journey to the West. The story about the Monkey King is an interpretation about a journey intertwined with fairy tales, superstitions, and legends. He swims down to the ocean king and to steal the king’s golden rod that shrinks and grows and with it he challenges heaven. Every type of demon that comes in his way he kills with his kung fu powers and golden rod. The Monkey king was sentenced to death by fire for trespassing heaven. When they put him in the furnace he doesn’t die but gets his sight improved to the point of being able to see through things we can’t normally see. A Buddha finally was asked to put a montain on top of the Monkey King. He has an equal amount of fame as Mickey Mouse because his story is one of the four greatest novels in Chinese times. The monkey king is born out of a rock and he learns all the magic tricks and kung fu from an immortal person. He can transform himself into 72 different images, i.e. a tree or a bird. The monkey king identifies himself as The Great Emperor of Jade. There are other people who get intertwined with him. They are the Haden, the ocean King, Hsuan-Tsang, Pigsy, Sun Wukong, and Friar Sand, according to Gene Yang. You can find the Monkey King retold as The Monkey King: A Superhero tale of China retold from The Journey to the West by Aaron Shepard. I think the most important about the monkey king is that he is determined and that he will not spare anyone. The important symbols in this story are the monkey which represents the intellect, perseverance, and strength.
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