Choice and Consequence
John Milton’s Paradise Lost and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress are both books that share the relationship of choices and consequences. Milton’s Paradise Lost is about the beginning of the world (Genesis), the creation of man, and the fall. Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is about the spiritual journey of a man named Christian, who is scared of being condemned to death and leaves his city to try and find a place where he will live joyfully with God.
Paradise Lost is about the ultimate choice and consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. God placed them in the Garden of Eden, a peaceful paradise that anyone would desire to live in, but under one condition. The Lord explicitly instructed them not to eat from the forbidden tree of Good and Evil. This was a simple command. The evil Satan, a fallen angel, was cast out from Heaven because he fought to be equal with God. He started his own life separated from good and is on mission to undermine all that is for God. He is conniving and deceitful and tries his hardest to tempt Adam and Eve to disobey. Eve finally gives in by eating fruit from the forbidden tree. Adam catches her but also eats the fruit. Feeling ashamed and naked, they realized what they did. They had sinned and now mankind has fallen. Paradise is lost! Because they were now sinners, they had to live separate from God and He kicked them out of Paradise.
Pilgrim’s Progress is about the choices and consequences that Christian, the main character in the book, makes. He is fearful of the Bible, which made him believe that he is condemned to death because of his sins. Making the choice to leave his family, he flees from the City of Destruction, which is a terrible and sorrowful land. He wished to live with God in peace.
During this journey, Christian comes upon multiple obstacles, but he marches on carrying the substantial burden along. The...
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