Journey To The West Analysis

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Journey to the West was written by Wu Cheng’en, a novelist in Ming Dynasty, originated from Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, folk legends and Yuan Zaju operas. As the first full-length romantic god-evil novel in ancient China, this novel portrays the social reality at that time in depth, and is the beginning of magic realism. In the original version of Wu Cheng’en, the main characters are Sun Wukong, Tang Seng, the pig and the sand monk. This novel tells a story that Tang Priest and his three disciples travel westward for Buddhist Scriptures. After eighty adventurous experiences, Tang Sanzang finally reach the west and got the real scripture. As one of four great classical novels in China, Journey to the West has been interpreted and represented in forms of script for story-telling, poetic drama, novel, traditional Chinese opera and film during the long cultural history (CHEN 1). With the carriers of film and television program, doing visualization to classical texts is the most distinctive representing way in modern times. This paper presents how to recompose, represent and interpret classical national texts like Journey to the West in the form of animation from two aspects of the creation and inheritance of original texts.
On the one hand, my adaptation interprets and expands the character setting of the protagonist Sun Wukong compared to the traditional image in Journey to the West, remolding an anti-hero image in a “civilian” age. The plebification of
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