Definition of The Pilgrim's Progress from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Pilgrim's Progress

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a religious novel written between 1678 and 1684 by John Bunyan. It is an allegory (= a story in which the characters and events are symbols representing other things, such as truths, fears and human qualities) about a man's journey through life to heaven. The man, whose name is Christian, meets many symbolic difficulties on the way, including the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair and Giant Despair. He finally reaches heaven, and his wife and children follow him.