It's also a pretty decent antidote to your normal GrimDark fantasy binge. People who haven't read it. Okay, I probably don't follow the readings of many of these groups as closely as some do, but they can be good to spur me on to reading a book that I probably wasn't thinking of reading at the 7 things you probably knew about Pilgrim's Progress 22 April Well, I will have to thank the Classics of the Western Canon discussion group for selecting Pilgrim's Progess for this month's read because otherwise it would have continued to sit on my shelf until such a time as I got around to reading it.
Okay, I probably don't follow the readings of many of these groups as closely as some do, but they can be good to spur me on to reading a book that I probably wasn't thinking of reading at the time. The discussions on this book have also been interesting to follow as well, though I do note the comments do tend to come quite thick and fast and I end up getting left behind. It is also been interesting that my evening church has been studying the Book of Hebrews or at least the last part of the book because there are connections, and references, in that part of the Bible to Bunyan's work.
Mind you, Bunyan draws heavily on the Bible in this book, but the exploration of the struggles of the Christian life is a central theme to this work. Anyway, instead of simply dumping my thoughts onto the page as I normally do, I thought that I might discuss a number of ideas that came to me as I was reading it. Also, since this is probably one of the most well known books in the English Language, I probably don't need to give a synopsis, or a background, and if you want one there is always Wikipedia.
Oh, and I should also mention that Pilgrim's Progress is listed as number two on The Guardian's list of best novels of all time.
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Mind you, I'm not really sure if allegory was actually all that big simply because there are very few allegorical novels that come to mind — Piers Plowman and Gulliver's Travels are two more, but other than that I really can't think of any others. The main reason that I suspect that people don't write allegory is simply because it is really hard to read.
However there are a couple of reasons why authors occasionally do so: One of the reasons is because if they were to say what they were saying directly, and the literature fell into the wrong hands, then the author would land up in an awful lot of trouble. This was the case with some of the more difficult books of the Bible, such as the book of Revelation as well as Gulliver's Travels and Animal Farm.
By writing the way that they did the authors were able to challenge the system, or criticise the ruling authorities, without fear of retribution. As with the case of Revelation, John the Baptist was able to continue to promote his religion in an environment that had effectively banned it. This is probably the main reason why Bunyan wrote using allegory and in a way borrows the style from Jesus who used parables for a similar purpose.
What Bunyan was trying to do was to paint a picture of the Christian walk, and to simply write like your standard, everyday theologian would have probably put quite a lot of people off and the book would never have become as well known, and as popular, as it did. Thus through the use of allegory Bunyan is able to turn a dry, and somewhat very heavy topic, into a form that is not only accessible, but also quite enjoyable. In fact there is quite a lot of discussion about the nature of faith and spirituality. As Christian travels on his journey, not only must he overcome obstacles, but he also meets various people, some good, some bad, and enters into conversation with them.
Through these conversations we learn about quite a few aspects of the Christian faith and concepts such as grace, the nature of God, and salvation, are all explored. While the book does paint a number of pictures, Bunyan to does resort to simply explaining a number of concepts through the mouths of his characters. Okay, while prison is probably not a place that any of us should ever aspire to spend the rest of our lives, at least what it does give us is a lot of time, which means we can sit down and write stuff without having to be interrupted with work.
It is also a place of solitude meaning that you are less likely to be disturbed.
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Okay, it probably wasn't a prison like this one: I'm not sure whether he had to wander around wearing orange overalls, or even if he was given three meals a day if you were in prison back then you were not guaranteed any of the things that prisoners these days are guaranteed — well, yes, a roof over your head, but that didn't necessarily mean that the place was dry , however he did have time to write, which meant that he must have had access to writing materials. One person even suggested that quite a lot of books were written in prison, but once again that is not surprising because, as I mentioned, you do have a lot of time on your hands in there.
Mind you, not all of them were good, or even popular, though I must admit that Mark Chopper Read did generate a decent income from his writings and even boasted about how he, an uneducated illiterate became a best selling author while all of these university types, such as me, can't get a single book published — but then people like books about crime.
Which brings me to: Another reason I mention this is because there has been some suggestions that he was inspired by Dante hey, another allegory, I forgot that one but there is one big problem with that — he couldn't read Italian, and it wasn't translated into English until the 19th Century. Sure, Dante goes to sleep and has a dream, as does Bunyan, but that does not necessarily mean that he copied Dante, or was even influenced by him how could he have been.
Rather, what I suspect both authors are doing is bringing the reader on a journey with them, and by placing themselves into the text and then turning it entirely into a dream sequence I suspect gives more credence to what they are trying to say. Anyway, here is a picture from Wikipedia: The other thing that I want to mention are references to classical literature — there aren't any. A lot of writers at the time where returning to many of the texts of the Greek and Roman world and were drawing inspiration from them.
However Bunyan wasn't one of them, which is not surprising since he didn't have a classical education. Rather, the only book that he draws upon is the Bible. In fact there are quite a lot of Biblical allusions in the text, many of them being quite obscure. What I suspect Bunyan is doing is drawing upon the parables of Jesus, as well as other Biblical allusions, to paint his picture. For instance there is a section where Pilgrim passes Mount Sinai, which is on fire, while travelling towards Mount Zion. This is taken straight out of Hebrews 12, where Mount Sinai represents the law, and Mount Zion represents grace.
What Bunyan is doing here is showing how Christians can be tempted to earn their salvation by being good, however that is not actually how salvation comes about. One cannot be so good as to earn their salvation, and even if they are, there are still deeds that have been done that cannot be wiped out by a few good deeds.
It is sort of like me going and robbing a bank and then giving all of the money to a charity. Sure, I did a noble thing by giving it to charity, and sure, the bank may and probably did deserve to be robbed due to the fact that the money that it has was no doubt earned through nefarious means — but that does not exonerate me from my act of violence. Even if one could say that the bank itself was bad, there are still innocent people working in the bank such as the teller in whose face I stuck the shotgun, or the old granny who was cashing in her pension cheque.
In the end, the law does not care whether I robbed the bank to give the money to the Salvos who wouldn't accept it anyway , or that they bank had committed fraud and were laundering money, I still committed a crime, and no act on my behalf will be able to exonerate me from that crime. I have to be punished, and the only way that I can escape that punishment is for somebody else to takes that punishment on my behalf. The problem is that the Christian sect that Bunyan was a practitioner of, and was eventually gaoled for, no longer exists.
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The thing is that Bunyan was what was termed as a 'non-conformist', and honestly, that classified an awful lot of people. Milton was a non-conformist as well though I believe the word puritan is more appropriate to him — another sect that no longer exists. The thing about non-conformists is that they were not Anglicans Epsicopalian or Church of England. In Bunyan's day the only place you could worship, and the only people that were allowed to preach, were Anglican churches. If you live in England and you were not an Anglican you could get yourself into a lot of trouble, especially if, as Bunyan did, you were holding regular church services.
However, the thing about non-conformists is that they were not: Okay, those denominations may have eventually emerged from the non-conformist movement, but that does not mean that a non-conformist subscribes to any of those particular denominations — they simply did not exist. You see, if everybody in Bunyan's day were Christians then he wouldn't have needed to write this book, or his others such as A Journey to Hell.
Okay, while the multitude of faiths that we have today think Hinduism, Buddhism, etc didn't exist in Europe back then, and the only religion you would find was Christianity though there were Jews , and everybody went to church, it did not mean that they actually believed it.
In fact many of the people who went to church went there because it was expected of them, and even then it was mostly a middle and upper class phenomena. If everybody was Christian then, as I have suggested, you would not have had Bunyan writing his book, or even characters such as the Wesleys going out and preaching to the people of England. Even then, the Anglican church was not necessarily a place that would teach evangelical Christianity, and there were quite a lot of people out there that simply did not like the way the church operated.
What Bunyan is showing in his book suggests that even though people would go to church, they were not necessarily saved, and in many cases simply left standing in the City of Destruction. Also, consider the fact that Christian leaves his wife and children suggests that even when one was living in an apparent Christian country, one would still be mocked and ridiculed for their faith.
It is interesting that they don't follow him on his journey, in a sense rejecting what he believes. In the end though, what the book does in a way is to challenge an apathetic society into understanding more about the faith to which their nation allegedly adheres. After reading the "children's version" for school when I was younger, I was picturing something decidedly more lighthearted and adventurous.
But nonetheless, this was a good read! In this book, John Bunyan describes his dream, where he sees a man named Christian living in the City of Destruction, with a great burden on his back. The poor man must figure out how to escape doom and find the way to the This great classic, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, was actually different than I expected.
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The poor man must figure out how to escape doom and find the way to the Celestial City. He meets various people among the way, some helping, and some hindering his progress; and encounters many a trial and tribulation. I love the idea, this allegorical picture of the Christian's life. In The Pilgrim's Progress , we see symbolic pictures of facing temptation; being led away from the Bible's truth by worldly knowledge; falling into depression and despair; and also getting revived by godly fellowship; and being released from our burden of sin by accepting the forgiveness Jesus Christ grants.
I especially loved the chapter where the man Christian walks through "the valley of the shadow of death", facing all sorts of goblins and demons. It's fearful, and Christian is bombarded by all manner of darkness; but it has a certain beauty I also loved the ending, where inside the Celestial City is glimpsed and what life will be like there spoken of briefly. I felt it was a wonderful picture of heaven. Things I didn't like as much. Compared the shorter versions I read before, this one was a bit too dark and even depressing at times. There wasn't any humor or lightheartedness.
And sometimes it felt a bit like a "fire and brimstone" sermon; be very, very careful, lest you fall! It gave this feeling like you could loose you salvation if you make a mistake. But our actions, good or bad, don't save us. And I don't think that you can just slip away. You're in God's hands now. And nothing can snatch you from them. When we make mistakes or go astray, I believe God leads us back to Him. But He doesn't forsake us. And each day, as we seek Him, we learn to love Him more, and come nearer and nearer to Him. Also, the feeling that life is horrid and we must be weary travelers until we die and reach heaven.
To a certain extent, that is true! But life is also a gift. We can choose joy and choose to see beauty each day. There are lovely things like family, and friends, and marriage, and new life, and doing the things we're passionate about. God put us here for a reason and gave us a gifts and people for a reason. But it is truly the suffering, and trials, and temptations, and persecution will come if we are wholeheartedly following Christ. Because the Enemy is against us. I don't know if it was at all John Bunyan's intention for some of the story to come across that way, but it just felt like it here and there.
But so you know, I do believe the theology and overall message is Biblical. It's just that certain times, things could come across a bit "doom and dismay". In the end, The Pilgrim's Progress is a profound picture, showing the spiritual battle in a fantastical way. There were some scenarios I especially connected with, like: What an interesting way to put that! A hopeful way even. To see that there is a way out. That the road can be hard, but that is to be expected, and God knows and He's there!
And to realize that Satan often attacks those that are drawing nearer to God. You are not alone.
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You are not falling. Simply seek the face of the Lord and follow His way! It ends with the character Ignorant being taken away from the gates of the Celestial City; and says nothing of Christian's wife or children. When I was younger, that was my favorite part of the story! Christian's family joining him in heaven!
Is that actually part of John Bunyan's original work, or just something someone added on?? Anyway, overall, it was a thoughtful read! I enjoyed it, especially since this version had lovely illustrations! I first read Bunyan's masterpiece in college. It was lost on my youth. Being groomed by some thoughtful literature professors who had an allergic reaction to allegory I found the book dull on every level. I thought it was trite, preachy, simplistic, and didn't connect with it on an emotional level.
I picked up the book again because of a nagging suspicion that it was me, not Bunyan that failed in our first meeting. I'm so glad I did. As much as any book, Bunyan's story impacts the way one should I first read Bunyan's masterpiece in college. As much as any book, Bunyan's story impacts the way one should read PP. Born in , receiving only a simple education and trained in his father's profession as a tinkerer, Bunyan lived a reckless youth as a soldier until he came to faith by hearing what he felt was the voice of God calling him to abandon his life of sin for a life with Christ.
Earnest in his faith, Bunyan became a powerful Puritan preacher who within ten years was imprisoned by the government for the threat he posed to the state-sponsored Anglicanism. It was in a prison cell the Bunyan penned what would become one of the most widely read books ever printed. Back to the book itself: He's not creating complex, multi-layered modern characters. The plot of the book is likewise thin and not something that is going to stir a great amount of interest or attachment.
What Bunyan is doing is creating a cast of allegorical characters who, if you allow them, pull back the layers of your heart and challenge you to consider the work of Christ at times with surprising and tremendous theological depth and precision , the purpose God has for us in this life, and who we are called to be. Bunyan's plot serves the same purpose. The situations illuminate seasons of life and trials every mature Christian can resonate with. I found the book tremendously incisive, convicting, and hopeful. And beyond the style and language, the characters actually feel quite contemporary and timely.
I would heartily recommend the book to any Christian-- especially those who have walked with Christ for some length of time. I hope Bunyan is as encouraging to you as he was to me. I just read this for the second time. It is really an amazing story. Through various characters that the pilgrim, Christian, and later his wife, Christiana, meet in their journies, we are introduced to various aspects of our own character and how those traits can help or hinder us in life's journey. Lewis book, I find that John Bunyan's understanding of the scriptures in the 17th centur I just read this for the second time.
Lewis book, I find that John Bunyan's understanding of the scriptures in the 17th century is astounding. The book was first published in I think John Bunyan wrote much of the text while he was imprisoned for his religious preachings. He was a Calvanist Puritan, I admit I don't fully understand exactly what that implies. What I find most fascinating about Bunyan's work is the symbology, which has many parallels to symbology found in "the House of the Lord".
On-line I found a book by John Bunyan, titled Solomon's Temple Spiritualised, published in , the year that he died. It has been attributed as a Freemasonic text. It is clear that John Bunyan studied Biblical references to Solomon's temple in great detail, and this shows in Pilgrim's Progress. I recommend reading this work after you've visited a temple. Then the symbology will have a lot more meaning for you.
View all 4 comments. Christian leaves his family to seek the "Celestial City," a place unlike the sinful world he has seen so far. On the way, he encounters many challenges, each time proving that he can withstand what might lead him astray. A classic allegory about faith and the many tests a soul must face over the course of a lifetime's spiritual journey.
Read free online at DailyLit. Free download available at Project Gutenberg. And the free audio version is also available for download at LibriVox. From BBC radio 4: Episode 1 of 3 The 17th-century epic adventures of pilgrim Christian and his perilous journey to the Celestial City. Episode 3 of 3 Christian strays from the right path and finds himself in the clutches of the Giant Despair.
Catching up with the classics 4 I found this a rather clever piece of religious and moral teaching. It was a bit more preachy. But the names of the characters such as: Brisk, and the demon-lion Apollyon tell the tales of what our heroes face along the past to enlightenment. Scripture was quoted he Catching up with the classics 4 I found this a rather clever piece of religious and moral teaching.
Scripture was quoted here and there but only in fragments. Instead of feeling pressured or sermonized, I just felt I was reminded how to live the good life. I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this. Dear John Bunyan, I'll admit, this was better than I expected. It might have helped a little that the one that I had was translated into a more modern English. For an allegory, this works really well. Christian is a good character. He's like an actual Christian. He's zealous for Jesus, he loves others, but he also messes up and fails every once in a while.
The Giant and the Giantess want them to commit suicide , but they endure the ordeal until Christian realizes that a key he has, called Promise, will open all the doors and gates of Doubting Castle. Using the key and the Giant's weakness to sunlight, they escape. The Delectable Mountains form the next stage of Christian and Hopeful's journey, where the shepherds show them some of the wonders of the place also known as "Immanuel's Land".
The pilgrims are shown sights that strengthen their faith and warn them against sinning, like the Hill Error or the Mountain Caution. On Mount Clear, they are able to see the Celestial City through the shepherd's "perspective glass", which serves as a telescope. This device is given to Mercy in the Second Part at her request.
The shepherds tell the pilgrims to beware of the Flatterer and to avoid the Enchanted Ground. Soon they come to a crossroad and a man dressed in white comes to help them. Thinking he is a "shining one" angel , the pilgrims follow the man, but soon get stuck in a net and realize their so-called angelic guide was the Flatterer. A true shining one comes and frees them from the net. The Angel punishes them for following the Flatterer and then puts them back on the right path. The pilgrims meet an Atheist, who tells them Heaven and God do not exist, but Christian and Hopeful remember the shepherds and pay no attention to the man.
Christian and Hopeful come to a place where a man named Little-Faith is chained by the ropes of seven demons who take him to a shortcut to the Lake of Fire Hell. On the way, Christian and Hopeful meet a lad named Ignorance, who believes that he will be allowed into the Celestial City through his own good deeds rather than as a gift of God's grace. Christian and Hopeful meet up with him twice and try to persuade him to journey to the Celestial City in the right way. Ignorance persists in his own way that he thinks will lead him into Heaven. After getting over the River of Death on the ferry boat of Vain Hope without overcoming the hazards of wading across it, Ignorance appears before the gates of Celestial City without a passport, which he would have acquired had he gone into the King's Highway through the Wicket Gate.
The Lord of the Celestial City orders the shining ones angels to take Ignorance to one of the byways of Hell and throw him in. Christian and Hopeful make it through the dangerous Enchanted Ground a place where the air makes them sleepy and if they fall asleep, they never wake up into the Land of Beulah, where they ready themselves to cross the dreaded River of Death on foot to Mount Zion and the Celestial City.
Christian has a rough time of it because of his past sins wearing him down, but Hopeful helps him over, and they are welcomed into the Celestial City. They visit the same stopping places that Christian visited, with the addition of Gaius' Inn between the Valley of the Shadow of Death and Vanity Fair, but they take a longer time in order to accommodate marriage and childbirth for the four sons and their wives.
The hero of the story is Greatheart, a servant of the Interpreter, who is the pilgrims' guide to the Celestial City. The passage of years in this second pilgrimage better allegorizes the journey of the Christian life. By using heroines , Bunyan, in the Second Part, illustrates the idea that women, as well as men, can be brave pilgrims.
Witherspoon, professor of English at Yale University , writes in a prefatory essay:. Part II, which appeared in , is much more than a mere sequel to or repetition of the earlier volume. It clarifies and reinforces and justifies the story of Part I. The beam of Bunyan's spotlight is broadened to include Christian's family and other men, women, and children; the incidents and accidents of everyday life are more numerous, the joys of the pilgrimage tend to outweigh the hardships; and to the faith and hope of Part I is added in abundant measure that greatest of virtues, charity.
The two parts of The Pilgrim's Progress, in reality, constitute a whole, and the whole is, without doubt, the most influential religious book ever written in the English language. This is exemplified by the frailness of the pilgrims of the Second Part — women, children, and physically and mentally challenged individuals — in contrast to the stronger pilgrims of the First Part. When Christiana's party leaves Gaius's Inn and Mr.
Feeble-Mind lingers in order to be left behind, he is encouraged to accompany the party by Greatheart:. I have it in commission, to comfort the feeble-minded, and to support the weak. You must needs go along with us; we will wait for you, we will lend you our help, we will deny ourselves of some things, both opinionative and practical, for your sake; we will not enter into doubtful disputations before you, we will be made all things to you, rather than you shall be left behind.
The pilgrims learn of Madame Bubble who created the Enchanted Ground and Forgetful Green, a place in the Valley of Humiliation where the flowers make other pilgrims forget about God's love. Ready-To-Halt come to Bypath-Meadow and, after much fight and difficulty, slay the cruel Giant Despair and the wicked Giantess Diffidence, and demolish Doubting Castle for Christian and Hopeful who were oppressed there. They free a pale man named Mr.
Despondency and his daughter named Much-Afraid from the castle's dungeons. When the pilgrims end up in the Land of Beulah, they cross over the River of Death by appointment. As a matter of importance to Christians of Bunyan's persuasion reflected in the narrative of The Pilgrim's Progress , the last words of the pilgrims as they cross over the River of Death are recorded.
The four sons of Christian and their families do not cross but remain for the support of the church in that place. Scholars have pointed out that Bunyan may have been influenced in the creation of places in The Pilgrim's Progress by his own surrounding environment. Albert Foster  describes the natural features of Bedfordshire that apparently turn up in The Pilgrim's Progress.
Vera Brittain in her thoroughly researched biography of Bunyan,  identifies seven locations that appear in the allegory. Other connections are suggested in books not directly associated with either John Bunyan or The Pilgrim's Progress. At least twenty-one natural or man-made geographical or topographical features from The Pilgrim's Progress have been identified—places and structures John Bunyan regularly would have seen as a child and, later, in his travels on foot or horseback.
The entire journey from The City of Destruction to the Celestial City may have been based on Bunyan's own usual journey from Bedford , on the main road that runs less than a mile behind his cottage in Elstow , through Ampthill , Dunstable and St Albans , to London. In the same sequence as these subjects appear in The Pilgrim's Progress , the geographical realities are as follows:.
The allegory of this book has antecedents in a large number of Christian devotional works that speak of the soul's path to Heaven , from the Lyke-Wake Dirge forward. Bunyan's allegory stands out above his predecessors because of his simple and effective prose style, steeped in Biblical texts and cadences.
Due to many similarities — some more definite than others — it could be argued that he had access to Dante's Commedia. The Pilgrim's Progress may, therefore, be a distillation of the entire 'pilgrimage' that the 14th Century Italian penned. Because of the widespread longtime popularity of The Pilgrim's Progress , Christian's hazards — whether originally from Bunyan or borrowed by him from the Bible—the "Slough of Despond", the "Hill Difficulty", "Valley of the Shadow of Death", "Doubting Castle", and the "Enchanted Ground", his temptations the wares of "Vanity Fair" and the pleasantness of "By-Path Meadow" , his foes "Apollyon" and "Giant Despair" , and the helpful stopping places he visits the "House of the Interpreter", the "House Beautiful", the "Delectable Mountains", and the "Land of Beulah" have become commonly used phrases proverbial in English.
For example, "One has one's own Slough of Despond to trudge through. The Pilgrim's Progress was much more popular than its predecessors. Bunyan's plain style breathes life into the abstractions of the anthropomorphized temptations and abstractions that Christian encounters and with whom he converses on his course to Heaven. Samuel Johnson said that "this is the great merit of the book, that the most cultivated man cannot find anything to praise more highly, and the child knows nothing more amusing.
It was published over the years of the Popish Plot — and ten years before the Glorious Revolution of , and it shows the influence of John Foxe 's Acts and Monuments. Bunyan presents a decrepit and harmless giant to confront Christian at the end of the Valley of the Shadow of Death that is explicitly named "Pope":.
Now I saw in my Dream, that at the end of this Valley lay blood, bones, ashes, and mangled bodies of men, even of Pilgrims that had gone this way formerly: But by this place Christian went without much danger, whereat I somewhat wondered; but I have learnt since, that Pagan has been dead many a day; and as for the other, though he be yet alive, he is by reason of age, and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger dayes, grown so crazy and stiff in his joynts, that he can now do little more than sit in his Caves mouth, grinning at Pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails, because he cannot come at them.
But as in other fairs , some one Commodity is as the chief of all the fair , so the Ware of Rome and her Merchandize is greatly promoted in this fair: Only our English Nation, with some others, have taken a dislike thereat. In the Second Part while Christiana and her group of pilgrims led by Greatheart stay for some time in Vanity, the city is terrorized by a seven-headed beast  which is driven away by Greatheart and other stalwarts. Owens notes about the woman that governs the beast: In a posthumously published treatise, Of Antichrist, and his Ruine , Bunyan gave an extended account of the rise and shortly expected fall of Antichrist.
Not long after its initial publication, The Pilgrim's Progress was being translated into multiple languages starting with Dutch in , German in and Swedish in , as well as over eighty African languages during the colonial period. Hong Xiuquan , the leader of the Christianity-inspired Taiping Rebellion , declared that the book was his favorite reading. Little did the missionaries who distributed The Pilgrim's Progress know that the foreigners would appropriate it to make sense of their own experiences. Heaven was often a place designed to resemble what they had gone through in life.
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