Pilgrim's Progress | Study Guide

John Bunyan

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The Author's Apology for His Book The Pilgrim's Progress begins with a rhyming poem in which John Bunyan explains and defends his decision to publish the ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 1 John Bunyan as the author and narrator of the story tells it as a dream he once had while wandering through "the wildern... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Christian hurries on to the Wicket-Gate and, arriving there, knocks repeatedly. He is greeted by Good-will, who opens th... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Continuing along the highway, Christian encounters a cross. As he beholds it, his burden falls from his back and rolls i... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Before leaving the Palace Beautiful, Christian returns to the armory, where he is given a full suit of armor to defend h... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 Pausing to take in a scenic view, Christian spots his friend Faithful up ahead and rushes to catch up with him. Faithful... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 As they make their way out of the wilderness, Christian and Faithful are approached by Evangelist, who set Christian on ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 Though bereft of his friend Faithful, Christian is now joined by Hopeful, a former resident of Vanity who was inspired b... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 8 Soon, Christian and Hopeful reach the Delectable Mountains, where they are greeted by a group of shepherds. These shephe... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 9 Now in the home stretch of their journey, Christian and Hopeful meet with a "brisk" young man named Ignorance, who comes... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 10 Closer than ever to the Celestial City, Christian and Hopeful discuss various theological topics, including the fear of ... Read More
Part 2, Author's Way of Sending Forth His Second Part of the Pilgrim As with Part 1, John Bunyan begins the second part of The Pilgrim's Progress with a poem, in which he anticipates and an... Read More
Part 2, Pilgrimage of Christiana and Her Children John Bunyan frames Part 2 as a second dream vision, experienced under similar circumstances to Part 1, but years later. ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 Christiana, her sons, and Mercy set out from the City of Destruction. Mercy says she would gladly go along for the entir... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 The pilgrims now continue beyond the Wicket-Gate. Christiana's sons pluck fruit from a tree whose branches overhang the ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 As the pilgrims prepare to resume their journey, the Interpreter appoints his servant Great-Heart to be their guide to t... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 Great-Heart politely urges the pilgrims onward, so they continue uphill toward Palace Beautiful. The two lions from Part... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 5 Amid sunshine and birdsong, the pilgrims set out once more. They carefully make their way down into the Valley of Humili... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 6 Emerging from the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Christiana and company pause to rest. They spy an old pilgrim sleeping ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 7 The pilgrims pass through and beyond the town of Vanity, past the silver mine of Demas, and through a green pasture wher... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 Leaving the Delectable Mountains, the pilgrims meet a man with his sword drawn and his face bloodied. This is Valiant-fo... Read More
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