American Born Chinese

Chapter 1

What are the psychological transformation the Monkey King experiences in the first chapter?

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The graphic novel begins the story in ancient China. It is nighttime and the gods and goddesses are having a party. The noise, smells and enticing music make the Monkey King want to attend. He wonders that he was not invited. However, after standing in a very long line he is turned away at the door by the security guard who tells him he is 'only a monkey'. When the Monkey King tries to tell him that he's 'no monkey' the guard points out that he has no shoes. Humiliated, angry, and embarrassed the Monkey King uses his Kung-fu skills and begins to wreck the heavenly palace. Afterwards, he leaves and declares that all monkeys must now wear shoes.