The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Pilgrim’s Progress


John Bunyan

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Sloth Character Analysis

Sloth is one of three men, their feet bound with chains, whom Christian meets after the Cross. He would rather sleep than stay alert to the devil’s attacks. Later, when Christiana passes by the same spot, she finds him and his companions (Simple and Presumption) dead, hung in irons for their misdeeds.
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Sloth Character Timeline in The Pilgrim’s Progress

The timeline below shows where the character Sloth appears in The Pilgrim’s Progress. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Cross
Obstacles on the Journey Theme Icon
...his way, he comes upon three sleeping men with chained ankles. Their names are Simple, Sloth, and Presumption. Christian wakes them and warns them to beware of Satan, but the three... (full context)
Part 2: From the Interpreter’s House to the Porter’s House
Obstacles on the Journey Theme Icon
The group journeys on. They soon come upon Simple, Sloth, and Presumption hung in irons by the roadside. Great-heart explains that these men hindered others... (full context)