''The Pilgrim's Progress'' (full title: ''The Pilgrim's Progress From This World, To That Which Is to Come: Delivered under the Similtude of a Dream, Wherein is Discovered, the manner of his setting out, His Dangerous Journey, and safe arrival at the Desired Country'') is an allegorical work by John Bunyan, first published in 1678. It was written during Bunyan's terms in prison for holding worship services outside the auspices of the official Church of England.

The story is in two parts (originally published separately) and concerns the journey of an everyman named Christian (and, later, his wife and family in the second part) from the City of Destruction (this world) to the Celestial City (the world which is to come, Heaven.) The journey is fraught with dangers, and there are many temptations to leave the straight and narrow road. Christian meets good friends and deadly enemies on the path. Though he makes mistakes along the way that nearly result in his destruction, Christian is forgiven when he returns to the true road, and eventually is allowed to enter the Celestial City.

At one time, this book was nearly ubiquitous in the houses of British and American Protestants. Many nineteenth-century literary works refer to it, including ''LittleWomen'' and ''[[Creator/CharlotteBronte Villette]]''. It provides the origin for the term "muckraker" for a certain type of journalism and supplied William Makepeace Thackeray with the title for his novel ''VanityFair''.
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!! ''The Pilgrim's Progress'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AllJustADream: Subverted: for once, AllJustADream doesn't need spoiler tags. We are told it's a dream in the very title, we are told in the first sentence, we are reminded it's a dream throughout the story, and the last sentence is "And so I awoke, and behold, it was a dream."
* AnAesop: By the zillion. Also, the entire point of the work.
* {{Arcadia}}: The Delectable Mountains, Beulah Land.
* AuthorTract: And a big one.
* BabiesEverAfter: Christian's children all get married and have babies by the end of the story's second part.
* BewareOfViciousDog: The dog owned by the Innkeeper's next-door neighbor in the second part.
* CardCarryingVillain: Some of the NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast indicate this.
* CompositeCharacter: In the original book, the only time John Bunyan actually interacts with the cast is when he asks about the Slough. In the AnimatedAdaptation from the 70s, Bunyan doesn't appear in the story at all and ''Christian'' fulfills the role of inquiring about it.
* DespairEventHorizon: The point of Giant Despair's dungeon. Luckily, it doesn't always work.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Hopeful, with more implied to come.
* EasyRoadToHell
* TheEveryman: Christian.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: City of Destruction, Slough of Despond, River of Death... like with the characters, the place names aren't exactly subtle.
* HangingJudge: Lord Hategood.
* HeelFaceTurn: Hopeful, a former resident of the sinister Vanity Fair, became what his name implies after witnessing Christian and Faithful enduring their torments with patience, and later goes with Christian after Faithful's death.
* JokerJury: When Christian and Faithful are put on trial in Vanity Fair.
--> "Then went the jury out, [[MeaningfulName whose names were]] Mr. Blindman, Mr. No-good, Mr. Malice, Mr. Love-lust, Mr. Live-loose, Mr. Heady, Mr. High-mind, Mr. Enmity, Mr. Liar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hate-light, and Mr. Implacable..."
* JumpedAtTheCall: Christian seems all too eager to get rid of his bags any way that he can. {{Subverted}} when [[MeaningfulName Pliable]] tries to follow him, and gives up the second they begin to run into trouble.
* KillItWithFire: Faithful's death.
* KnightTemplar: Moses. (Yes, ''[[Literature/TheBible that]]'' [[Literature/TheBible Moses]].)
* MeaningfulName: ''Everyone'', with the few exceptions of Biblical figures (e.g. Moses, Christ, Enoch, and Elijah).
* LongTitle
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''E.g.'' Lord Hategood, Giant Despair, etc.
* NamesToTrustImmediately: ''E.g.'' Help, Evangelist, The Interpreter
* TheObiWan: Evangelist.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Christian's wife needs more convincing to set out from Destruction, apparently.
* StayOnThePath: You'd think the characters would figure this out after the first few horrible events directly resulted from wandering away, but no...
** The author would probably say that you would think people would figure that out in RealLife but they don't and [[AnAesop that is the point]].
* TakeThat: A couple at the Catholic Church. There's also some jabs at the notion of government-approved religion (i.e., the Church of England) but these are a bit more subtle.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Mercy's sewing is very attractive, until the wooer realizes she's doing it for the poor.
* TookALevelInBadass: Christian goes from a weary traveler that almost drowns in a shallow bog, to a Badass that defeated a demon lord single-handedly.
* TownWithADarkSecret: A number of such towns.
* ViewersAreMorons: The character names can come off this way. You meetin' a character named Envy or Help? You gettin' an {{Aesop}} about envy or help.
* WorldOfSymbolism: {{Justified}} by an AllJustADream opening.
* WriterOnBoard: It's an allegory; what did you expect?
* YellowBrickRoad: Stick to the straight and narrow. [[ShortCutsMakeLongDelays That easier thing is not easier.]]
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