27 September 2010
John Bunyan © 2005
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.
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.