The Pilgrim's Progress The Pilgrim’s Progress - Essay

John Bunyan

The Pilgrim’s Progress

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Bunyan’s two-part allegory covers the spiritual lives of a Christian convert and his family. The main character, Christian, is converted by Evangelist, who instructs him to leave the City of Destruction through the wicket gate on his way to the Celestial City. Christian’s family misunderstands him and his neighbors attack him, but Christian leaves his home with a burden on his back and a book in his hand.

Before finding the wicket gate, Christian succumbs to the Slough of Despond and Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who leads him to comfort in the village of Morality. Fortunately, Evangelist steers him to the wicket gate, where Christian climbs a hill to a cross. There Christian loses the burden and is outfitted for travel to the Celestial City.

On his way there, Christian encounters the Hill of Difficulty, Humiliation, Vanity Fair, and By-Path Meadow. Christian gets lost at Doubting Castle, where the giant Despair imprisons him. Remembering his key of Promise, Christian escapes and ascends the Delectable Mountains, where he first sees the Celestial City.

One more temptation awaits Christian: He almost drowns in a river when he contemplates his sins. He is rescued by Hopeful, and the two of them enter the Celestial City together.

In the second part of this allegory, Christian’s wife and sons, who had refused to accompany him to the Celestial City, are converted at his death and decide to journey to the Celestial City...

(The entire section is 505 words.)