The Monkey King In American Born Chinese

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The Oxford Dictionary defines a villain as a “person or thing responsible for specified problems, harm, or damage.” By the end of section two of “American Born Chinese,” the Monkey King has become a villain in such a way that his new priority has become to convince other Gods that he is preeminent. The Monkey King chooses to go about this by any means necessary, including bullying other Gods until they capitulate. For example, in the beginning of the story, the narrator talks about how “the Monkey King rulers with a firm but gentle hand” (10). However, by section two we see images of the Monkey King beating others and seeking for any tactic he can muster to rule over everyone (66). The Monkey King’s actions by section two are undeniably villainous.

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