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English; Interdisciplinary Studies
Sitterding, Philip, "Allegory as Experiential Communication: Metaphorical Mapping between Bunyan’s Emotions and The Pilgrim’s Progress" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 788.
John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) is a classic example of allegory. While literary critics tend to minimize allegory’s value as a mode, The Pilgrim’s Progress demonstrates a proclivity for genre-transcending techniques that encourage looking at allegory in a new light. Namely, parallels between The Pilgrim’s Progress and Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1660) show Bunyan drawing on deep personal emotion to fuel characterization.