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Focusing on Christian’s confrontation with Apollyon, this chapter provides an overview of John Bunyan’s first religious allegory and his most famous work of fiction: The Pilgrim’s Progress (originally published in 1678). It considers the enduring literary and imaginative power of The Pilgrim’s Progress by addressing Bunyan’s sophisticated control of popular fiction and the Bible, as well as of metaphor, allegory, and allegorical interpretation within its narrative form. It also places The Pilgrim’s Progress within some of its key theological and historical contexts, including the persecution of Nonconformists, such as Bunyan himself, who suffered throughout the Restoration for the sake of conscience and in the name of religious liberty for Protestant Dissenters.

Keywords: John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, fiction, Bible, allegory, allegorical interpretation, Restoration, persecution, conscience

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