Why is Pliable interested in salvation? With what obstacle does Christian have to contend with in the Slough of Despond that Pliable is lacking, and what does this lack tell you about his spiritual condition? What causes him to lose interest and what lesson do you think Bunyan teaches through Pliable's experience?

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The first part of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan tells of a man named Christian and his pilgrimage to find Mount Zion and the Celestial City. The characters that Christian encounters have names that correspond to personal attributes or are symbolic of parts that they play in the story. This is true for Pliable, the character in question. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "pliable" as a personal trait means "yielding readily to others, complacent."

At the beginning of the story, Christian is walking in the fields and meets a man named Evangelist. When Christian tells Evangelist he fears dying and coming to judgment, Evangelist directs him to a light and a wicket-gate. Christian runs toward the gate, ignoring the cries of his wife and children, and two neighbors...

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