Journey to the West is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It is the first romantic fictional novel of China written by Wu Chengen, the novelist in Ming Dynasty, based on legends and myths in ancient China. It reflects social realities of Wu's time and is regarded as a pioneering magic realism work. Sun Wukong, the monkey king, is the most important character in the book. He longs for freedom and fight against his fate. On the journey to the west, he fights with all the evil powers. The imaginary world and mythological figures all come from folk stories and they represent the beautiful aspirations of the writers and the people.
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