Rhetorical Analysis Of Jonathan Edwards

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Jonathan Edwards, the preacher from the sermon Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God, preaches to his fellow devotees to God, to "inspire" people to participate in the worshiping of God. In reality, Edward's ineffectiveness in using dysphemisms, hyperbole, and negative appeals in his speech, makes his message deeply unbelievable. Edwards harsh diction toward opposing opinions makes one view him as attacking other aspects of a different beliefs. In the fifth paragraph Edwards said, "Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead…" This sentence gives a feeling to be a little taken back by his tone. He disgustedly said "your wickedness" like you ,as in non-believers in God, are doing the absolute worst thing in the world. Saying you're "as …show more content…

Edwards mentioned in paragraph 1, "So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it…" Edwards exaggerates drastically with this sentence. The "natural men are held in the hands of God" originally doesn’t sound so bad but the statement "over the pit of hell" is what is exaggerated. Natural, or normal, men that are in the hands of God about to plunge into the depths of hell is a bit out of context. Not only is it out of context, but also saying "they have deserved the fiery pit" is very grim. He then continued paragraph 1 saying "God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in hell…" What he is really saying is if God is enraged, then his wrath is not better that people who have actually gone to hell. The question is, what provokes God? In Edward’s mind, determining from the rest of his speech, not being faithful to God is enough to enrage him. This seems exaggerated that not being faithful to God can put you in hell. It is not satisfying enough to believe his purpose for his speech. Emphasizing situations does not make Edwards sound more credible, but

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