English 233: Introduction to Western Humanities -- Baroque & Enlightenment
Study Guide to John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
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(a) Pp. ix-xiv of the Introduction to our edition (Oxford World's Classics).
(b) How Christian sets off on his pilgrimage, up through Pliable's return home (pp. 8-14).
Questions to pursue
(1) What motivates Christian to leave his wife and children behind and set off on this journey?
Drawing connections: Can you analyze his assumptions? How many distinct beliefs contribute to his decision? Which are essential in determining it? [That is: can you point to separate factors such that, if any one were not present, the story would not get going in the first place?])
(b) Drawing connections: What do you think the Slough of Despond stands for? (Clues to consider: How does Christian get into it? What are its properties? What doesn't work to get out of it?)