Piers Plowman


William Langland

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Hope Character Analysis

Hope is Moses, the biblical figure who received the ten commandments from God on Mount Sinai. He explains to Will that he is traveling to Jerusalem to find a knight named Jesus who can seal the commandments from God. Hope travels for a short while with Faith and Will before fleeing nervously at the sight of a wounded man on the side of the road.
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Hope Character Timeline in Piers Plowman

The timeline below shows where the character Hope appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Passus XVII
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The man introduces himself as Spes, also called Hope, and says he is looking for a knight who once gave him a commandment on... (full context)
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As Hope, Faith, and Will walk along the road, they come upon a Samaritan, riding on a... (full context)
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...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 hope, can... (full context)
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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 one, just... (full context)