Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' The Pilgrim 's Progress '

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When Bunyan is writing The Pilgrim’s Progress, the literary qualities of his narrative, such as characterization, inclusion of vivid details of action and setting, and his effective use of language, add a dimension to his text that enrich the allegory rather than take away from it. Through his use of these devices Bunyan is able to add to his narrative rather than detract from his Christian message. Bunyan worries about the reception of his book in the first few pages. In his intro he asks forgiveness of the reader if they think that in his writing he seems like he is trying to rewrite the bible. Rewriting the bible is not what he is trying to do, nor does it appear to readers that this is what he does in writing Pilgrim’s Progress. In writing this allegorical text Bunyan inspires others in their Christian journey, and makes aspects of the Christian religion more relatable and understandable. In the introduction to this novel the editor says that there is a tension in Bunyan’s book. He says there is a “creative tension in The Pilgrim’s Progress and in Bunyan’s attitude to his book. On the one hand it is an allegory designed to assert the prime reality of a religious view based on a supreme confidence in a world that is to come. On the other hand, (and at the same time) it is a very specific and concretely realized product of this world at a particular moment in its history” (Introduction xxiii). Bunyan is not trying to rewrite the bible; he is trying to make it accessible to…

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