Speaker The speaker is Annie Dillard, who is also the author of the book. In Holy the Firm, the author expresses her thoughts in regard to questions such as the reason that humans are created by God; the meaning and essence of God’s work; and the relationship between the believers and God. Dillard encounters great conflicts in her belief in God when she saw that a girl in her neighbour’s farm was burned by a plane crash. She starts to question whether every act of God has any real meaning in it and if it does, why would God let a innocent girl be burned by excruciating fire at such a young age when she has done nothing wrong. She even wonders if God is just a powerless creator who has no power to save those who suffer from atrocities.
At this point Edwards has grasped the attention of his listeners by using pathos to pertain to their emotions and feelings. Towards the end of the sermon his tone switches to one of reason in terms of not neglecting his words. He asks a series of rhetorical questions such as those who are unconverted and do not teach their children of Christ that they too will have to witness the wrath of God. As for literary devices such as metaphors, similes, and allegories, Edwards does not disappoint for his use of them most likely whipped a lot of Puritans back into their faith. The reason why his sermons were so intense according to Matthew Paul Turner was because, “The more spiritual successes that Edwards experienced, the more he seemed to intentionally
Bradstreet opens her poem by telling her readers about the impact caused on her when she woke up form a “silent night” (1), term she uses to later express the great impact made on her by the roaring sound of fire burning down her house, and that awakens her from her sleep. She later continues to say that “to my God my heart did cry” (8) in which she tries to explain the importance of God in her life and that praying was the only way she could feel safe because God wouldn’t leave her “succourless” (10). Throughout the
“ I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, woman-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.” (Douglass 100) Douglass does this to show how hypocritical people in the South were being. Churches were teaching the Christian practice of being kind and compassionate while not actually practicing it themselves. Douglass argues that the actions of some people are against religion. In “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” there are many ironic actions related to religion. Douglass does his best to give us personal accounts of events he witnessed.
5. The Confessions is the story of Augustine 's return to God, so it is appropriate that story should begin with Augustine 's tribute of praise to the God he loves. In making a confession of praise, Augustine says, God is as close to him as his own life and experiences, always working for Augustine 's good, even when Augustine is unable or unwilling to recognize that truth. Throughout his youth when he lived a dissipated life of sin, and drifted away from the Church, it may have looked like God was hidden; however he was very much present within the lives of those interacting with Augustine on a daily basis. Many people who helped God be present in Augustine’s life include his mother, St. Monica, his friends, Alypius, Nebridius, Ponticianus, Victorinus and Simplicanus, as well as St. Ambrose.
Puritans are a people with a very strong belief in both God and the power of God. When people see power, they interpret it in different ways. Some know of power through anger and impulse, while others see power through the goodness the powerful one shows. Although Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards are both puritan poets, their writings convey mainly different, though sometimes similar, views on God because they have different perceptions of His will and the use of His power. Anne Bradstreet listens to and accepts anything that God wishes, and that is shown through her poem Upon the Burning of my House.
This can be seen by Anne Bradstreet, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, and John Smith. Bradstreet’s poem, Upon the Burning of Our House: June 10th, 1666, was about her own house and personal belongings burning down while she devastatingly watched. Bradstreet is of the Puritan faith. Characteristics of this faith tend to show throughout her writing for example, while she is observing flames consume her house “I blest His name that gave and took” (Bradstreet 14). Therefore, an attribute of her Puritan writing is staying positive even through a horrendous dilemma.
For instance, there are multiple lines that begin with My as the widow describes her sorrow throughout the poem. As Auden wrote, “My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song’…” Despite the person who reads the poem, it causes one feel unhappy and to start see the sorrow the widow is facing thru as she unfolds her unhappy ending. Towards the end of the poem, is where one truly feels the greatest emotional intensity as she expresses her bliss is no longer alive, so her joy transformed into miserable. “He was my North, my South, my East, my West, My working week and my Sunday rest. My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.” (W. H.
Because the the author is disagreeing what the preacher is preaching. The reader can conclude that the setting is in some church are the environment is focusing on some biblical subject. The final stanza the speaker gives their opinion on how they think heaven looks and should
It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella.”(117). After analyzing the quote the readers know that before this is taken place Mrs. Mallard had just returned downstairs from staring out her bedroom window. Seeing her husband has clearly shocked Mrs. Mallard as Chopin states, “When the doctor came they said she had died of heart disease- of joy that kills.”(117). the shocking scene of her seeing her husband alive has instantly killed Louise Mallard. Chopin uses the phrase, “…of joy that kills” at the end of her short story.
After running out she blest god for saving her. “I blest His name that gave and took.” (Bradstreet) In the other story, Edwards’s sermon, God wasn’t never joyful like in Bradstreet’s. For example, “So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of the hell.” (Edwards) He hated everyone who sin and they deserve to go to hell. Edwards’s sermon and Bradstreet’s poem weren’t very similar. The meaning of fire was the only thing that was similar.
Often in the sermons pastors persuade their audience to behave in a spiritual or more fashion. Such is the case in Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God” where he sends sinners to hell, who do not repent. Edwards wanted to impact his audience by appealing to their fears, pity and vanity. Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience because of his use of a cautionary tone, clear imagery and complex figurative language. Foremost, Edwards has a powerful impact on his puritan audience because of his use of a cautionary tone.
John Winthrop’s “A Model of Christian Charity” showed that the people valued their God most importantly for their God was their only hope in surviving in a new environment. Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was said very seriously and was taken seriously by the people who listened to the sermon. Edwards focused on a lot towards how sinners will be punished by God and will suffer an eternal punishment if they did not change their ways. Qualities shown were very serious and religious to achieve a well functioning society. George Washington’s Rules of Civility were also serious and showed that people must show the qualities of honesty, respectfulness, and self discipline.
In Bradstreet’s poem the fire is actually burning her possession and she thinks of it as a good thing. She thinks the burning of her house is to remind her she is getting a new house in heaven and it was God’s in the first place. She says “It was his own, it was not mine.” (Bradstreet) In Edwards’ Sermon he
She gives off a very warm and compassionate feeling in her writing. In comparison Edwards’ literary devices include harsher tones that cut to the point. Edwards’ sermons are very focused on the wrath of god and your unworthiness. In his sermon he states “wrath towards you burns like fire” (127). His writing is packed full of loaded words and his use of literary devices is aggressive and very