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Compare And Contrast Of “Journey To The West” And “Tartuffe”

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By comparing and contrasting the two stories, "The Journey to The West"

and "Tartuffe", this essay will attempt to compare and contrast the function of the

endings in these two works. "The Journey to The West"​ is a story contains one hundred chapters

explaining how a Tripitaka, a monk, with three disciplines travel to India to retrieve the holy

sculptures and seek for enlightenment, while "Tartuffe" is a short play about Orgon, head of a

family, being manipulate by Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite, and Orgon was enlightened at the

end. This essay will further show how both stories shared similar endings, while at the same time

highlighting their unique differences.

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Even both stories were written in

different time of period and regions, yet both authors had made the main characters to experience

the situation in first hand in order to be able to receive enlightenment. I believe the moral of both

stories are leading us to think that we, the human, must experience different situation in first

hand in order to receive enlightenment.

Even though both stories had shared similar endings and morals, but both stories

had delivered their stories in a different way. One of difference is that "The Journey to The

West" contains 100 chapters, while "Tartuffe", a play, is only 53 pages long. "The Journey to

The West" had used 100 chapters to explain the morals, but the story sounded unrealistic,

because the story was involved with unrealistic creatures such as dragon, spider queen,

skeletons, and many different gods with different powers. On the other hand, "Tartuffe" is

53 pages long play, but it is able to focus on the details on one situation instead of being general

like "The Journey to The West". And also "Tartuffe"​sounded more realistic because it was a

neoclassical comedy which it was created to reflect on people's lives during that time of period,

so it is like a historical story. Another difference is that both authors delivered their stories using

different narrative mode. "The Journey to The West" uses third person view to give a general

idea of each situation and the story, but it wasn't as intense and emotional as "Tartuffe", because

Moliere didn't use a third person, he made each character given a first person view, and

express their own thoughts to the audience. Also "Tartuffe”, a play script, has a better advantage

to deliver the story and it is by using prosody technique to catches audiences' attentions. Moliere

used prosody technique to control the words so that the sound of the play complements its

expression of emotions and ideas. Even both stories shared similar endings and moral, yet both

authors...

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