The Pilgrim’s Progress,
a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan, is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, and has been translated into more than two hundred languages. Now it is retold and shortened in graphic novel form for children and young adults who want to know Bunyan’s story but who might well find the language of the original difficult to understand. In Volume 1, Christian, an everyman character, is the protagonist of the allegory, which centers itself in his journey from his hometown, the City of Destruction (this world), to the Celestial City (that which is to come: Heaven). The allegorical quest for faith-avoiding the Slough of Despond, escaping the temptations of Vanity Fair, and fending off the giant, Despair.