Jonathan Edwards Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

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The sketch that most exhibits the message and emotions that were delivered from Jonathan Edwards’ sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” illustrates a man in a room, and the Virgin Mary outside the window. This sketch is a personal favorite of mine because the emotions and message were conveyed in a very powerful manner. This sketch made me stop and think and made me view it from a different perspective. It was abstractly painted, and the colors used accurately demonstrate the mood, environment, and time period in which this sermon was spoken. The audience that Edwards’ sermon was meant to be spoken to were those who were having second thoughts about the church and wanted to leave, it was his way of persuading them to join and remain …show more content…

An example of an allusion to the speech is the Virgin Mary. As mentioned earlier, the Virgin Mary is painted outside the window of this room, while a frail man is seen suffering inside the dull room. The suffering the man was enduring was most likely trying to show the literal effect the church had on the Puritans. It describes when Edwards says, “...there is nothing between you and hell but the air…”. The window clearly has no bars or glass, so air is the only element present. This aspect of the sketch proves Jonathan’s point of nothing standing in between hell and the sufferer. After this sermon, and maybe even before it, the church must have felt like hell, and portrayed mistrust instead of purity to the audience. untrustworthy and like hell to some of the audience members. In addition, some charged language used in the sermon made its way into the drawing itself. A few of the many words on the sufferer’s body such as “misery” and “wrath” were said to invoke fear and guilt, and he was the source of those emotions. Due to this, pathos played a strong role in this drawing. An example of the pathos used is represented by the colors used like gray. The color gray describes the plain and dull lifestyles the Puritans led. In the sermon, the color gray relates to when Jonathan states, “When God beholds the ineffable extremity of your case...and sees how your poor soul is crushed, and...into an infinite gloom…will have no

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