Comparing The Pilgrim 's Progress And Paradise Lost

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Comparing The Pilgrim’s Progress and Paradise Lost, Two Works Focused on Salvation Two influential pieces of English literature, both focusing on the topic of salvation, are The Pilgrim’s Progress, written by John Bunyan in 1678 (2269), and Paradise Lost, composed in the previous decade by poet John Milton in 1667 (1945). While these two works both pay special attention to mankind’s preoccupation with being saved, they differ vastly from one another in the language and literary style used in each respective piece, the way in which salvation itself is portrayed, and also in how the salvation of each story’s characters is determined through their resistance to temptation and the state of their relationship with God. Before even mentioning the content of the works themselves, it becomes immediately evident that the writing styles of The Pilgrim’s Progress and Paradise Lost are near polar opposites of one another. For example, in The Pilgrim’s Progress, author John Bunyan writes in a simple prose style, which is relatively easy for most to comprehend. In contrast, John Milton, in Paradise Lost, employs a complicated, original poetic style that is the first of its kind. In using some Latin words and phrases while employing a rhyme scheme commonplace in Latin poetry, Milton is able to construct an eloquent, highly polished language in this piece. However, in still using English as the poem’s primary language, Milton is still able to effectively communicate its theme to his…

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