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Pilgrim's Progress Part 2, Christiana

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by John Bunyan

The second part of The Pilgrim's Progress presents the pilgrimage of Christian's wife Christiana, their sons, and a young lady named Mercy. They visit the same stopping places that Christian visited in addition of Gaius' Inn between the Valley of the Shadow of Death and Vanity Fair. Yet they take a longer time in order to accommodate marriage and childbirth for the four sons and their wives. The hero of the story is Great-heart, the servant of Interpreter, who is a pilgrim's guide to the Celestial City. He kills four giants and participates in the slaying of a monster that terrorizes the city of Vanity.

The passage of years in this second pilgrimage better allegorizes the journey of the Christian life. By using heroines in this second part, John Bunyan illustrates the idea that women as well as men can be brave pilgrims. Part II, which appeared in 1684, is much more than a mere sequel to or repetition of the earlier volume. It clarifies and reinforces and justifies the story of Christian’s journey in part one. The beam of Bunyan's spotlight is broadened to include Christian's family and other men, women, and children; the incidents and accidents of everyday life are more numerous; the joys of the pilgrimage tend to outweigh the hardships; and added in abundant measure to faith and hope is that greatest of virtues, charity.

ISBN: 9780768422535
Pages: 448, illustrated paperback
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches