Jonathan Edwards Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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QUESTIONS Jonathan Edwards is one of the leaders of the “Great Awakening.” Before reading the text, determine the historical context through online research. In one or two sentences, briefly define the historical context of Edward's’ speech. What does Edwards hope to accomplish with this sermon? Define his purpose. The Great Awakening is a period of religious revival where people begin to “awaken” as they begin to remember the existence of God, being “born” again. As a preacher, Jonathan Edwards delivered many sermons hoping sinners of all kinds would convert.Edwards believes the world is full of sin and that mankind only survives because of God’s mercy. In order to be persuasive, he uses figures of speech to emphasize the severity of being a sinner and to allow his audience to not only be able to hear of the terrifying consequences in hell, but also visualize them. What does Edwards mean by “natural men”? How do you know? Describe his primary audience. Edwards describes the human population, with no specification of which man, by referring to them all as “natural men”.The first human creation God makes is a naked man, Adam, who had the choice of obeying or disobeying god and he chose to disobey so all men are born sinners.his audience is the people he is trying to convert. In the fifth paragraph, “appease” means…show more content…
Reading certain phrases like “Your wickedness make you, as it were, heavy as lead, and to rend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell…were it not for the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment, for you are a burden to it,” would not have the Lin 6 same threatening effect if it were preached out loud. The negative and dark words like horribleness, downwards, hell, and burden are all powerful words that will express more “power” if spoken out loud with
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