An Analysis of The Pilgrim’s Progress Essay

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A question has arisen concerning the conflicts used in John Bunyan's The Pilgrims Progress; the first half of the book was originally published in sixteen seventy-eight while the second half was published in sixteen eighty-four. Guilt, deception, shame, and fear are all major conflicts the author uses that challenge the main characters, Christian and Christiana, on their journey to the celestial city. Perhaps the hardest conflict Bunyan has Christian and his wife face is guilt. John Bunyan’s books have been some of the most popular books in Christian society. The novel itself has even been called second to the bible. (Second is referring to the number of copies that have been sold.) While the book itself has Christian represent “an…show more content…
The modern version of the book is similar to a combination of old world and modern English. Pilgrim’s Progress uses hymns as a foreshadowing event alluding to a minor character’s demise or a good event. John Bunyan starts the book off as if the narrator is sleeping and has a dream. He also uses imagery from the bible which includes the celestial city and the river of death. Bunyan grew up in a home that was poor but he still had a love for the gospel. At one point in his life he was arrested for preaching the gospel without being licensed to preach. The story is written in first person so it is read like the story is being told to the reader. The limitations of the narrator would most likely be that he is not able to describe the feelings of the dream characters with enough accuracy. The reason for this is the narrator is experiencing a dream but he is not actually feeling the feelings that the dream character is feeling. The language of the book itself started off in old English but has been updated throughout the ages so that it is in modern English. A limitation the narrator has is he does not know what will happen in the future and he cannot influence the outcome of the story. An example of symbolism would be the burden that Christian has to carry on part of his journey. His burden represents the sins that he has committed and the burden will only fall
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