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MonkeyNotes-The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS

SETTING

The setting of this story is an unusual one, since the premise of the text is that everything takes place in a dream the author has while resting under a tree. The setting inside the dream is a unique world consisting of the City of Destruction and its surrounding landscape, and the Celestial City, where God resides. The entire text of both parts of The Pilgrim's Progress takes place on the road from the City of Destruction to the Gates of the Celestial City. Between these two points there are many mountains, valleys, caves, and roads through which the characters pass, all described in detail in the Chapter Summaries.


The Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory. Historically, the text is not necessarily identified as having occurred in a certain year. But many of the symbolizing stories and features of the text strongly mirror events in the life of the author during the years in which it was written. There are mythical, dream-like creatures. There are supernatural forces. The terms fantasy, dreamscape, and mythical allegory best describe the setting for the work.

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