Jonathan Edwards’s “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” was a very persuasive sermon in its time for accentuate reasons. The lecture was targeted at an audience of a sinning lifestyle. The people were limited to a small amount of intellectual knowledge on religion. The listeners possessed little opportunity to form other opinions on the matter. This was crucial to Edwards in persuading their thoughts and even values.
Literary analysis of “The sinners in the hands of an angry god” The great awakening was a religious revival that occurred in the 1730s and 1740s. It started in England and then gradually made its way over to the American colonies. During this time, many different preachers and religious speakers went around and gave speeches to the people. Jonathan Edwards was one of Americas most important and original philosophical theologians who also went around and gave speeches about God and hell.
This is a typical sermon of the Great Awakening, emphasizing the belief that Hell is a real place. Edwards hoped that the imagery and language of his sermon would awaken audiences to the horrific reality that he believed awaited them should they continue life without devotion to Christ. The author's tone throughout this selection is threatening, cautionary, condemning, unsympathetic, and strict. Jonathan Edwards uses threatening imagery in order to provoke change. The most famous image used is that of a "loathsome insect."
In Jonathan Edwards' speech, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Edwards includes rhetorical devices to make his point. The rhetorical devices that Edwards includes are similes, rhetorical questions and allusions. Edwards presents his speech with rhetorical devices in order to persuade his audience to believe in God and to not commit sins. First, Jonathan Edwards presents the use of a simile. Specifically, Edwards states, "Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead.
Anne Bradstreet: The main themes of Bradstreet’s poems seems to be surrounded around sickness and death, humility, feminism, nature, matrimonial love, and motherhood. For example, “To My Dear and Loving Husband” is a poem that shows her uncontrollable love for her husband. A line that shows this is, “My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense” (Anne Bradstreet 120). Another poem “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August,1665, Being a Year and a Half Old” is surrounded around death. I think that Anne Bradstreet’s poems does reflect her background as a Puritan and how her life wasn’t easy.
Jonathan Edwards speech "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." is a speech that uses techniques to attract the puritans attention I found him using Personification, Metaphors and also Imagery. Jonathan Edwards incorporates personification in his speech. "And the world would spew you out." This gives the world personification by allowing the world to spew as a human would. This pursuades the puritans that they will be forgotten an be taken out from the world.
Analytical Response Paper – “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards Thesis: Jonathan Edwards, the sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” states that God continuously saves us from our sins. Summary: Edwards starts the sermon describing a picture of hell, and how God continuously saves us from hell. Edwards wants to warn people of the reality of hell, and the fact the God constantly gives humankind chances instead of letting them burn in hell.
In the short story "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", Jonathan Edwards uses techniques such as diction, figurative language, and figures of speech to generate the two tones, condemning at first and merciful in the end. Edwards uses diction to emphasize the minister's threatening accusations as well as the hope articulated towards the end. The minister frightens his people by stating how daunting the "wrath" of God can be. Such fury can be related to how a teen would fear her parents after sneaking out with the car and later crashing it due to drunk driving.
Finding Justification for Injustice What politician hasn’t used religion as an unwavering piece of justification in an argument? All throughout history, politicians have used religion countless times to justify behavior or simply to avoid unflattering questions. Authors and characters are guilty of this as well. “The Crucible” and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” include evidence that individuals use religion as justification to prey on other’s fears and insecurities, to use as evidence to explain an occurrence or phenomenon, or to pass judgement on another person because Miller wishes to shed light on the manipulation of ideas and religion, and Edwards wishes to persuade his audience through these tactics.
Jonathan Edwards version of God was very aggressive and unforgiving. Insult after continuing insult, this does not seem like the Jesus Christ with the wonderful forgiving spirit. With the words, “God hates you,” repeated multiple times throughout the sermon, it is truly hypocritical that the God described as forgiving and loving of all would say “I hate you,” every five minutes. I personally feel like this is not the way God would like to be described, and that God would much rather liked to be showed as a forging and gentle spirit.