But with surprising regularity, the second text that missionaries translated, often even before translation of the Bible itself had been completed, was The Pilgrim's Progress, the
classic allegory by John Bunyan.
(8) In the opening pages of The Pilgrim's Progress, the
protagonist is referred to as the Man.
Later, as Johnson shows in his reading of Part II of Pilgrim's Progress, the
community becomes of significant assistance to Christiana on her journey, but this help is primarily moral and spiritual, not the help Christian needed in Part I to interpret scripture or find assurances of salvation.
Upon the publication of The Pilgrim's Progress, the
allegory of Christian's journey to the Celestial City was instantly popular with all classes, though it was perhaps the last great expression of the folk tradition of the common people before the divisive effects of modern enlightened education began to be felt.
Following the path of Christian in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, the
narrator travels from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City--not on foot as had the original pilgrim but as a passenger on the Celestial Railroad.
Pilgrim's Progress, The
(in full The Pilgrim's Progress From This World, to That Which is to Come: Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream Wherein is Discovered, the Manner of His Setting Out, His Dangerous Journey; and Safe Arrival at the Desired Countrey) Two-part religious allegory by Bunyan,John, at one time second only to the Bible in popularity.