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Pilgrim's Progress | Study Guide

John Bunyan

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John Bunyan

Year Published

Part 1, 1678; Part 2, 1684


Religious Text


Allegory, Religion

Perspective and Narrator

The Pilgrim's Progress is narrated as a dream witnessed in the first person by the author himself—though most of the action, narrated in the third person, concerns characters within the dream.


The Pilgrim's Progress is told in the past tense by the narrator relating the dream. The characters speak to each other in the present tense, as they would in a drama.

About the Title

Christian, the main character of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, Part 1, is a pilgrim in the original sense: a person who undertakes a journey for religious purposes. His outward progress to the Celestial City is matched by inward growth in wisdom and spiritual strength. Part 2 concerns the effect his efforts have on his wife and children, who follow his example.


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