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Pilgrim's Progress Essay

1595 words - 7 pages

Alex Martinez
Mrs. Mello
Period 4
27 September 2010

Pilgrim’s Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress
John Bunyan © 2005
Main Characters:
Christian - The central character of the book and hero of the pilgrimage. Christian has a simple personality; he is not complicated or conflicted. Christian presents one profound aspect of human life, the search for religious truth. He is faith. Christian’s motivation, the search for salvation clearly defines him.
Apollyon – Wants to thwart Christian. Apollyon has a physical irregularity that displays his evil. Apollyon is hybrid, being part dragon, bear, human, and fish. He represents the opposite spiritual freedom that Christian expresses.
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Formalist -  A traveler whom Christian meets along the wall of Salvation.
Discretion -  One of the four mistresses of the Palace Beautiful. Discretion takes Christian in and feeds him.
Piety, Prudence, Charity -  One of the four mistresses of the Palace Beautiful.
The Interpreter -  Spiritual guide who shelters Christian.
Shining Ones -  Three celestial creatures who clothe Christian with new garments and give him the certificate.
Faithful -  Fellow pilgrim from Christian’s hometown who reports on the city they both left behind.
Talkative -  Fellow pilgrim who travels alongside Christian and Faithful for a while.
Mr. By-ends -  A user of religion for personal ends and social profit.
Hopeful -  Pilgrim who replaces Faithful as Christian’s travel companion and confidant after leaving Vanity, all the way to the Celestial City.
Giant Despair -  Master of the Doubting Castle.
Diffidence -  Giant Despair’s wife.
Demas -  Gentlemanly figure who tries to entice Christian and Hopeful with silver and dreams of wealth.
Temporary -  A would-be pilgrim whom Christian speaks of in a cautionary way, warning of Temporary’s backsliding before his spiritual progress was complete.
Part 2:
Sagacity -  An elderly man who visits the narrator in his dream.
Christiana -  Christian’s wife and the titular pilgrim in Part II.
Mercy -  Christiana’s neighbor employed by her as a servant on her pilgrimage.
Matthew -  Christiana’s eldest son, who eventually marries Mercy.
Joseph, Samuel -  A son of Christiana.
James -  Christiana’s youngest son.
Three-Favored Ones -  Two strangers who attempt to harm Christiana and Mercy.
Reliever -  Fellow pilgrim who rescues Christiana and Mercy from the two three-Favored Ones.
Watchful -  Porter of the House Beautiful.
Grim -  Master of the lions, who threatens Christiana and Mercy on their way to the House Beautiful.
Maul -  A giant killed by Great-heart. He accuses Great-heart of kidnapping the pilgrims.
Mr. Brisk -  Mercy’s suitor.
Old Honest -  An elderly pilgrim.
Mr. Fearing -  A pilgrim who accompanies Honest for some time.
Gaius -  A homeowner and host who welcomes Christiana and her group.
Giant Good-Slay -  A giant slain by Gaius, Great-heart, and others.
Heedless -  A pilgrim who falls asleep near the end of his pilgrimage and talks in his sleep, showing his basic failure to understand pilgrimage.
Too-bold -  Heedless’s cohort.
Madam Bubble -  A tall, attractive, dark-skinned temptress.
Standfast -  The last pilgrim met by Christiana.
Mr. Feeble-Mind -  A mentally slow pilgrim captured and nearly killed by the giant Good-Slay.
Mr. Ready-to-Halt -  A handicapped pilgrim who joins Christiana’s group on crutches.
Mr. Mnason -  Pilgrim with whom Christiana’s group lodges.
Contrite -  Friend of Mnason’s, who says that the locals feel a burden of guilt after the unjust execution of Christian’s friend Faithful.
Valiant-for-truth -  A strong, sword-wielding pilgrim.

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