Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory, a narrative that can reveal a hidden, figurative, meaning beyond the literal one: typically, it will be a moral or political meaning, and in this case, it is moral. In an allegory, each character and place in the story symbolizes something else. For instance, the protagonist, named Christian, is actually meant to stand in for any Christian on his or her journey to get to heaven. He is burdened by his sins and feels that he must seek deliverance, and a character named Evangelist tells him to begin his journey by walking toward the Wicket Gate and its "shining light." Christian leaves, despite the fact that he must abandon his home and everyone he loves because they will not accompany him. He experiences setbacks on his journey, often the result of distractions and bad advice, but he also meets with friends, such as Faithful and Hopeful, who help him along and provide support. Ultimately, Christian does make it to the Celestial City, a symbol of heaven, and is welcomed there.