Piers Plowman


William Langland

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Faith Character Analysis

Faith is the biblical figure Abraham, whom Will meets while on the road to Jerusalem. He explains to Will that he is seeking Jesus, who can help the multitude of souls that he carries in his coat, against his chest. Faith travels a short while with Will and Hope but flees when the group comes across a wounded man on the side of the road.
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Faith Character Timeline in Piers Plowman

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Passus XVI
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
...for him. One day, he meets a man named Abraham, who initially introduces himself as Faith. Faith tells Will that he’s looking for a man whose shield has “Three beings in... (full context)
Good Works and Salvation Theme Icon
Faith tells the story of the time when God told him to kill his son, Isaac,... (full context)
Passus XVII
Love Theme Icon
Good Works and Salvation Theme Icon
As Hope, Faith, and Will walk along the road, they come upon a Samaritan, riding on a mule... (full context)
Good Works and Salvation Theme Icon
...for the wounded man, Will catches up to the Samaritan and tells him about how Faith and Hope fled. The Samaritan says this is understandable, as no medicine, nor faith, nor... (full context)
Love Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
Will asks the Samaritan about the Trinity, explaining what Faith and Hope have already taught him. The Samaritan affirms that God is both three and... (full context)
Passus XVIII
Love Theme Icon
Good Works and Salvation Theme Icon
...The crowds sing joyfully that Jesus has come in the name of God. Will asks Faith what is going on, and Faith tells him that Jesus has come to joust in... (full context)
Penance and Repentance Theme Icon
...spears Jesus in the heart but immediately kneels and weeps, asking Jesus for mercy. Meanwhile, Faith scorns the Jews for making “…the blind beat the dead.” However, Faith says that Jesus... (full context)