The Pilgrim's Progress

by John Bunyan

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"Hanging Is Too Good For Him"

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Context: John Bunyan's allegory, written by Bunyan while imprisoned for religious activity outside the Anglican Church, recounts the journey of a pilgrim named Christian from this world to Heaven. On the way from the City of Destruction to the City of Zion, pilgrim Christian is joined by his friend Faithful. After overcoming many obstacles which they meet on the way, the two travelers find themselves being held prisoners in the town of Vanity. Though guiltless of any real wrongdoing, the two pilgrims are accused of disrupting trade at the fair, of winning citizens of Vanity to Christian's beliefs, and of defying Beelzebub, the ruler of Vanity. A jury made up of such persons as Mr. No-Good, Mr. Blind-Man, Mr. Malice, and Mr. Liar find Faithful guilty as charged and then proceed to discuss his punishment:

"Hang him, hang him," said Mr. Heady. "A sorry scrub," said Mr. High-Mind. "My heart riseth against him," said Mr. Enmity. "He is a rogue," said Mr. Liar. "Hanging is too good for him," said Mr. Cruelty.

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