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Greene's Coney Catchers and Bunyan's Christian

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Nashe, Greene, Bunyan and English Fiction
Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller, Robert Greene’s Coney-Catching pamphlets and John Bunyan’s Vanity Fair each captured something of the imagination of early modern England. Bunyan’s vision of “juggling, cheats, games, plays, fools, apes, knaves and rogues” in Vanity Fair was a reality a century before for Greene and Nashe, who actually depicted these visions in a realistic manner. The realism (and satire) that Green and Nashe effected in their works was a cold, sharp anecdote to the times’ fighting, passionate discourses on theology, and bloody civil wars. Bunyan, following up on the state of things a century later, would reflect a much calmer tone—one that was focused more on the spiritual redemption of the English people and less on the chicanery, the conniving, the foppery, the foolishness, the vice, the scandal, the sex, and the sin. If Greene and Nashe found amusement in pointing…… [Read More]

Works Cited

Bunyan, John. “Vanity Fair.” http://www.bartleby.com/71/1016.html

Greene, Robert. The Complete Coney-Catching. http://www.exclassics.com/cony/cony.pdf

Nashe, Thomas. The Unfortunate Traveller. http://www.oxford-shakespeare.com/Nashe/Unfortunate_Traveller.pdf