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The Pilgrim’s Progress

Summary

Part II: The Sixth Stage, the Seventh Stage

Summary Part II: The Sixth Stage, the Seventh Stage

Bunyan’s depiction of the mirror episode demonstrates the generous attitude toward women that runs throughout ThePilgrim’s Progress. In another book, a pregnant woman gripped by an irrational desire for a mirror could be an accumulation of many negative stereotypes, including female vanity, emotionalism, and a general tendency to cause trouble. Yet Bunyan gives the scene a positive ring and portrays Mercy’s desire as religious and commendable. The mirror does not play into human vanity, since it reflects the image of Christ back to the viewer. And the shepherds are delighted to give it to her, implying that the mirror is a worthy possession.