What are the morals in The Pilgrim's Progress?

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One of the morals of this religious allegory is that there is no short cut or easier route to heaven or deliverance from one's sins. On his way to the Wicket Gate, Christian meets Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who tries to get Christian to take a different path to deliverance through the village of Morality (instead of through a belief in and love for Jesus Christ), but Evangelist compels Christian to turn back to the path toward the Wicket Gate. It's a harder road, but it's the only one that actually leads to the Celestial City (or heaven).

Another moral centers around the importance of one's Christian church congregation via the symbol of the Palace Beautiful. After Christian spends a few days there, he acquires armor and weapons that help him win his battle with the monster, Apollyon. Without the support of the congregation, Christian might have faltered.

Allegory: The term loosely describes any writing in verse or prose that has a double meaning. This narrative acts as an extended metaphor in...

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