place in English literature, that book is Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Is it claiming too much if it is placed on an equality, in this respect, even with the Paradise. John Bunyan was born at Elstow, near Bedford, England, sometime in the fall of .. books that concerned Christian piety, it would be as it were a prison to me. King James Bible as the most important book in evangelical. Protestant The author of The Pilgrim's Progress is John Bunyan (–. ), one of the most.
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He is recorded in the Elstow parish register as having been baptised John Bunyan, on 30 November On May 23, , Thomas married his first wife, Margaret Bentley. Like Thomas, she was from Elstow and she was also born in So he must also have spent some time at a school, possibly the one in Houghton Conquest Some think that Bunyan may have attended Bedford Grammar School but some records show that only pupils living in the Borough of Bedford were eligible for a place there. Either way, his later writings demonstrate a high degree of English literacy. This was a semi-skilled occupation. Few people could afford to download new pots when old ones became holed, so they were mended time and time again.
She characterizes Christiana's departure "a good riddance" as an inconsiderate person would. She changes the subject from Christiana to gossip about being at a bawdy party at Madam Wanton's home. She wonders if Christiana will actually go on pilgrimage. Ill-favoured Ones, two evil characters Christiana sees in her dream, whom she and Mercy actually encounter when they leave the Wicket Gate. The two Ill Ones are driven off by Great-Heart himself.
Innocent, a young serving maid of the Interpreter, who answers the door of the house when Christiana and her companions arrive; and who conducts them to the garden bath, which signifies Christian baptism. Greatheart, the guide and bodyguard sent by the Interpreter with Christiana and her companions from his house to their journey's end.
He proves to be one of the main protagonists in the Second Part. He is also known as "Bloody-Man" because he has killed many pilgrims or sent them on mazes of detours, where they were lost forever. Brisk, a suitor of Mercy's, who gives up courting her when he finds out that she makes clothing only to give away to the poor.
He is shown to be a foppish, worldly-minded person who is double-minded about his beliefs. Skill, the godly physician called to the House Beautiful to cure Matthew of his illness, which is caused by eating the forbidden apples and fruits of Beelzebub which his mother told him not to, but he did it anyway. He holds a grudge against Greatheart for doing his duty of saving pilgrims from damnation and bringing them from darkness to light, from evil to good, and from Satan, the Devil to Jesus Christ, the Savior.
Old Honest, a pilgrim from the frozen town of Stupidity who joins them, a welcome companion to Greatheart. Old Honest tells the stories of Mr. Fearing and a prideful villain named Mr. Fearing, a fearful pilgrim from the City of Destruction whom Greatheart had "conducted" to the Celestial City in an earlier pilgrimage. Noted for his timidness of Godly Fears such as temptations and doubts.
He is Mr. Feeble-Mind's uncle. Gaius, an innkeeper with whom the pilgrims stay for some years after they leave the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
He gives his daughter Phoebe to James in marriage. The lodging fee for his inn is paid by the Good Samaritan. Gaius tells them of the wicked Giant Slay-Good. Giant Slay-Good, a Giant who enlists the help of evildoers on the King's Highway to abduct, murder, and consume pilgrims before they get to Vanity Fair.
He is killed by Greatheart. Feeble-Mind, rescued from Slay-Good by Mr. Greatheart, who joins Christiana's company of pilgrims. He is the nephew of Mr. Phoebe, Gaius's daughter, who marries James.
Ready-to-Halt, a pilgrim who meets Christiana's train of pilgrims at Gaius's door, and becomes the companion of Mr. Feeble-Mind, to whom he gives one of his crutches. Mnason, a resident of the town of Vanity, who puts up the pilgrims for a time, and gives his daughters Grace and Martha in marriage to Samuel and Joseph respectively. Grace, Mnason's daughter, who marries Samuel.
Martha, Mnason's daughter, who marries Joseph. Despondency, a rescued prisoner from Doubting Castle owned by the miserable Giant Despair. Much-Afraid, his daughter. Valiant, a pilgrim they find all bloody, with his sword in his hand, after leaving the Delectable Mountains. He fought and defeated three robbers called Faint-Heart, Mistrust, and Guilt. Madame Bubble, a witch whose enchantments made the Enchanted Ground enchanted with an air that makes foolish pilgrims sleepy and never wake up again.
She is the adulterous woman mentioned in the Biblical Book of Proverbs. Self-Will went over a bridge to meet her and never came back again. Places in The Pilgrim's Progress[ edit ] A map of the places Pilgrim travels through on his progress; a fold-out map from an edition printed in England in City of Destruction, Christian's home, representative of the world cf. Isaiah Slough of Despond , the miry swamp on the way to the Wicket Gate; one of the hazards of the journey to the Celestial City.
In the First Part, Christian falling into it, sank further under the weight of his sins his burden and his sense of their guilt.
Mount Sinai, a frightening mountain near the Village of Morality that threatens all who would go there. Pilgrims are required to enter by way of the Wicket Gate.
Beelzebub's castle was built not very far from the Gate. House of the Interpreter, a type of spiritual museum to guide the pilgrims to the Celestial Ciblematic of Calvary and the tomb of Christ.
Hill Difficulty, both the hill and the road up is called "Difficulty"; it is flanked by two treacherous byways "Danger" and "Destruction.
House Beautiful, a palace that serves as a rest stop for pilgrims to the Celestial City. It apparently sits atop the Hill Difficulty.
From the House Beautiful one can see forward to the Delectable Mountains. It represents the Christian congregation, and Bunyan takes its name from a gate of the Jerusalem temple Acts , Valley of Humiliation, the Valley on the other side of the Hill Difficulty, going down into which is said to be extremely slippery by the House Beautiful's damsel Prudence.
It is where Christian, protected by God's Armor, meets Apollyon and they had that dreadful, long fight where Christian was victorious over his enemy by impaling Apollyon on his Sword of the Spirit Word of God which caused the Foul Fiend to fly away. Apollyon met Christian in the place known as "Forgetful Green. Psalm Vanity Fair, a city through which the King's Highway passes and the yearlong Fair that is held there. Plain Ease, a pleasant area traversed by the pilgrims.
Hill Lucre, location of a reputed silver mine that proves to be the place where By-Ends and his companions are lost. The Pillar of Salt, which was Lot's wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
The pilgrim's note that its location near the Hill Lucre is a fitting warning to those who are tempted by Demas to go into the Lucre silver mine. River of God or River of the Water of Life, a place of solace for the pilgrims.
It flows through a meadow, green all year long and filled with lush fruit trees. In the Second Part the Good Shepherd is found there to whom Christiana's grandchildren are entrusted. By-Path Meadow, the place leading to the grounds of Doubting Castle. Doubting Castle, the home of Giant Despair and his Giantess wife, Diffidence; only one key could open its doors and gates, the key Promise.
The Delectable Mountains, known as "Immanuel's Land. It is inhabited by sheep and their shepherds, and from Mount Clear one can see the Celestial City. The two enter the town of Vanity, home of the ancient Vanity Fair, which is set up to ensnare pilgrims en route to the Celestial City.
Arraigned before Lord Hate-good, Faithful is condemned to death and executed, and he is immediately taken into the Celestial City. Christian is returned to prison , but he later escapes. Christian and Hopeful cross the plain of Ease and resist the temptation of a silver mine. However, when they become lost and are caught in a storm, Christian realizes that he has led them astray. Trying to turn back, they stumble onto the grounds of Doubting Castle, where they are caught, imprisoned, and beaten by the Giant Despair.
At last, Christian remembers that he has a key called Promise, which he and Hopeful use to unlock the doors and escape. They reach the Delectable Mountains, just outside the Celestial City, but make the mistake of following Flatterer and must be rescued by a Shining One. Before they can enter the Celestial City, they must cross a river as a test of faith , and then, after presenting their scrolls, Christian and Hopeful are admitted into the city.
The psychological intensity is relaxed in this section, and the capacity for humour and realistic observation becomes more evident.
After his second release, Pilgrim's Progress was published. Pilgrim, like Bunyan, is a tinker. He wanders from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City, a pilgrimage made difficult by the burden of sin an anvil on his back , the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, and other such allegorical waystations. The book was instantly popular with every social class.
His first editor, Charles Doe, noted that , copies were already in print by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called it, "the best Summa Theologicae Evangelicae ever produced by a writer not miraculously inspired.
Eventually, it became the bestselling book apart from the Bible in publishing history. The book brought Bunyan great fame, and though he continued to pastor the Bedford church, he also regularly preached in London.
He continued to write. The Life and Death of Mr. Badman has been called the first English novel since it is less of an allegory than Pilgrim's Progress , and was followed by another allegory, The Holy War.