Rhetorical Analysis "Fear is an instructor of great sagacity and the herald of all resolutions. "- Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was a sermon written and delivered by American reverend Jonathan Edwards in 1741, and was an outstanding example of the potentially dominant convincing powers of the use of Rhetoric. The sermon, even when read silently, is effective in projecting a specific interpretation of the wrathful nature of God and the sinful nature of man. In crafting his highly effective sermon, Edwards utilizes his authority as a man of God and as an interpreter of the scriptures, a logical and direct organization of arguments, and violent imagery to convince his audience of the vengeance of God against man.
Repetition, description, tone, and influence are the main characteristics of both works of art. The first figurative language factor is repetition. The piece “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” repeats words such as wicked, danger, and hell. This is an incredible tactic in what the speaker was trying to do, teach people. The more you repeat certain words the more people would think about those specific words.
For the majority of the sermon, Edwards highlights the consequences of sinners’ lives, and the rage they shall face from God. Throughout “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, Jonathan Edwards utilizes the rhetorical devices of emotional appeal, imagery, and simile to convey the extreme wrath of God, the intensity of Hell, the eternal consequences of someone’s actions, and to provide a powerful warning and opportunity to sinners. To begin, Edwards employs imagery in his sermon to allow his audience to visualize the suffering they will soon be afflicted with. For example, in Edwards’ sermon, he says: “The old Serpent is gaping for them; Hell opens his mouth wide to receive them; and if God should permit it, they would be hastily swallowed up and lost. There are in the Souls of wicked Men.” (Edwards 10) In this quote, the author describes the visuals of being dropped down into Hell.
Throughout his speech, he repeats, "God's hands," "pit of hell," and "wrath of God," plenty of times. The use of repetition is very clever because it makes the sinners have those specific phrases encrypted in their minds. When they think of the sermon, they will clearly remember about God's hands holding them up out of hell, God's anger towards his sinners, and how the pit of hell is waiting for them. In short, Edwards' intention of scaring sinners was supported by his use of his chosen figurative language which made his message clear and obvious to who his sermon is
Compare and contrast the meaning and style of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and “The Minister’s Black Veil.” How does each author convey his meaning to the reader? Which author’s style is more effective and why? Puritan religion is adequately portrayed in both Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story, “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Edwards’ sermon is preaches about how God’s wrath will send sinners, who do not repent and truly believe in God, to Hell for all eternity. Hawthorne’s story is about how people try to hide their sins inside themselves as if behind a curtain or veil.
“So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hands of God, over the pit of hell,” (Edwards 79) Edwards’ motive in his sermon is to scare the less devoted Puritans into being “born again” and dedicating their life to the Father. “The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconnected persons in this congregation.” (Edwards 80) Edwards believes man to all be self-righteous, unfaithful, and dubiously sinful creatures in desperate need of a savior. The only way that they can be spared being dropped into the pits of hell and graciously given eternal life is to repent of their transgressions and bow their knees to God in
God Gives Us Free Will Jonathan Edwards preaches that if people follow God and obey him they will experience his great mercy. “Sinners in The Hands of an Angry God,” he explains this concept in his sermon. Most people back in 1741 and to this day would be persuaded by his sermon about the Lord because of how passionately and strongly he spoke about his beliefs’. In this sermon Edwards refers to Gods everlasting wrath. He describes Gods anger towards those who do not follow and believe in Him.
In the text, “Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards uses many ways to keep his audience attentive; he emphasizes Gods control over everyday life, he includes examples and extraordinary descriptive terms, as well as including the audience in the act being described. To begin, Jonathan Edwards does a fantastic job at explaining how God has control over all things, to his audience. He captures the attention of the audience by coming right out and informing them that God's hands are on each and every thing. Also, he announced that when there is sin, the Lord isn’t happy, and with
A persuasive text, in my opinion, would be one that convinces the audience to do what the reading intends. 14. Some parts of the sermon that i believe would have made the audience speak out would be when Edwards mentioned that the Puritans are all evil and for the Puritans the message went over their heads and it filled them with laughter. 15. This is a powerful image because it displays good vs. evil.
Theodore Roosevelt’s D-Day Speech Theodore Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer was a great speech for a multitude of reasons, including making the war seem like a holy crusade and making it sound like it was their duty to destroy the “...unholy forces of our enemy…” (Theodore Roosevelt, online) and praying to a God that most people in America believed in, thus making them believe that they had supernatural forces to support them. One reason why Theodore Roosevelt’s speech was successful is the way he manipulated the language in his speech to make it a prayer.From the beginning when he said “I ask you to join with me in prayer…” (Theodore Roosevelt, online) this small change that set him apart from most other speakers helped him completely immerse his audience in the speech.Since the audience was wrapped up in the speech, it was easier to
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”: Text Analysis In the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, Jonathan Edwards proclaims that without God’s courageous heart and belief in each and every one of us, we would all be suffering in the furnace of Hell, accompanying the devil. He makes this known by using many occurrences of imagery, and metaphors; Edwards’s style of writing and frightening diction also assists in getting his point across to the audience. Edward’s sermon, reaching out to all religious followers, helps to comprehend the faith and wrath that God possesses. Edward uses the metaphor “…the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart.” to reveal that sinning creates a target on ones back,
“Sinners in The Hands of an Angry God” is a appall sermon. Jonathan Edwards is motivated to make this speech so dramatic because he is talking about the Mighty God. He is also motivated because he wants to tell people what happens when you are a sinner. When you are talking about our God you should use all of you energy and might to talk about our Lord. The tools that he uses to keep his listeners focused is his voice.
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.
He is going to try and accomplish this by giving his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God '. He plys many different rhetorical strategies to convince his listeners to follow his word. He uses strategies including, repetition, appeal to fear, appeal to urgency and problem solution. Johnathan Edwards uses many rhetorical strategies in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God". He uses repetition throughout the sermon.
In the primary source, there is a tone of persuasive authority from Pope Urban II. He uses it to invoke a strong passion, but also fear of the Persians into the members of his audience. Also, he uses that authority to be condemning, cautioning, and even threatening towards his audience. His word choice is strong and persuasive. In addition, the arrangement of his speech flows like a sermon which sets the tone for his authority.