Rhetorical Analysis of Jonathan edwards’s Sinners in the hand of an angry god: jeremiad Jonathan edwards, is known as one of the most important religious figures of the great awakening, edwards became known for his zealous sermon “sinners at the hand of an angry god”. During his sermon he implies that if his congregation does not repent to christ they are in “danger of great wrath and infinite misery”. Throughout this sermon edwards uses literary devices such as strong diction, powerful syntax and juxtaposition to save his congregation from eternal damnation. Throughout Edwards’s sermon the use of turgid diction is exceedingly prevalent.
He juxtaposes alternatives to the previously mentioned and dreaded scenarios and punishments. Contrarily, he states “[Christ] stands in the door calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners” (129). Bringing upon the common idea of God’s acceptance, Edwards appeals to ethos in his final paragraph inserting cheerful thoughts. He establishes juxtaposition, comparing “sins in his own blood, and … hope of the glory of God” (129). Comparing the Devil-like blood with sins sparking the capable ability to reach the hope of God brings a sense of chance and possibility to the audience.
In one of his most renowned sermons of all time entitled Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edwards states “Nothing keeps wicked men out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God” (156). Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, God was a prominent figure in many works of American literature. He was thought to hold a tremendous amount of power over humans, as well as every aspect of their daily lives. Edwards’s statement allows readers to take a glimpse at God’s destructive power by mentioning his capability to take men down to hell whenever he chooses to. In fact, all throughout his speech Edwards works to inform his congregation of God’s ability to destroy unbelievers by using many types of figurative language and diction, as well as
Dante’s portrayal of Satan shows him to be monstrous and empty as he does not fulfill any satisfaction that is felt if something is missing in one’s life. The thing that is missing in the readers’ lives is God as only God can satisfy our desire. This paradox of Satan by Dante speaks truth as to the fact he is both monstrous and empty. This is an astounding idea to think but it makes sense as he is seen with three heads gnawing on the sinners in the final realm of Hell, Judecca, but is also empty as he is the epitome of sin and, as said earlier, sin is empty and never truly
God’s Justice in Inferno One of the most significant themes, if not the most significant theme within Dante’s Inferno is the perfection of God’s divine justice. Dante expressees divine justice within Inferno in a multitude of ways, with one of the the most prominent examples being the overall structure of Hell and how the punishment for the sinners (perfectly) reflects upon the sin. To the modern reader, Hell likely seems more like an act of cruelty than divine justice, much less a product of God’s love. At first,the torments that the sinners are subjected to seems extreme and grotesque.
The speech, “The Black Revolution”, uses many examples such as agitation, propaganda, rhetorical schemes, and alliteration. The main idea of the speech he presented to onlookers at a church called Abyssinian Baptist Church, was to target the audience’s emotions. Using rhetorical devices, he was able to engage in their emotions; this method was very effective. His speech spoke about the international affairs happening around the 1960’s.
He knew just what to say to who; He was such amazing leader; and walked with confidence and never allowed the devil to take away what He had. Bust us? Well, we can never live without sin this is how Paul said but what we can do is when we fall into sin we have to be quick in getting things right. Go to our Heavenly Father and apologise and ask Him self-control. When we sin we become miserable any way, have you noticed?
In this passage, Huck encounters a religious service. Twain intentionally over exaggerates the Christians in the audience by using imagery and literary devices to comment on how Christians blindly follow people with authority. The more the preacher speaks, the more disorderly the audience becomes. Huck describes the people in the audience as chaotic and rowdy, they were “shouting and crying” when they went upfront they “they sung and shouted and flung themselves down on the straw.
For example, in The Black Minister’s Veil, Reverend Hooper wears the veil to attone for his sin, and in the process he scares those around him because the veil means much more than what it really is. When Mr. Hooper speaks out his sermons, those around him feel threatened and fearful, the text states, “The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest [...] Each member of the congregation, the most innocent girl, and the man of hardened breast, felt as if the preacher had crept upon them, behind his awful veil, and discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought” (Emerson 17-18). Mr. Hooper’s black veil creates a sense of fear and creepiness because it makes the townspeople feel as if the “preacher had crept upon them” and “discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought.” From this, we can infer that the black veil that Mr. Hooper wears scares those around him because it reminds humans that there are secret sins that exist deep within humans.
The avarice souls have sinned against God by allowing their greed to take over. The prodigal souls have allowed their spending excessively to harm their relationship with God. For their contrapasso, the avarice group must joust the prodigal group eternally. As both groups fight the other they cry out “‘Why do you hoard?’ ‘Why do you squander?’”
Hell. A place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often traditionally depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth where the wicked are punished after death. The word itself makes people cringe. In other words, it’s a place for Sinners, in the hands of an angry, irate, convulsed God. Jonathan Edwards believed in revival.
Jonathan Edwards work “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is highly persuasive. He manages to convey a strong emotional connection to his beliefs while keeping his composure in his preaching. He was able to strike fear into the hearts of the Puritan people with his beliefs,in fact his sermon caused many people to go into hysterics. The sermon is so persuasive because he expertly uses Pathos and biblical allusion. Edwards is able to strike fear into the congregation by saying that if they sin, they will be damned to hell and have no chance of redemption.
In 1741, British Colonial Christian theologian Jonathan Edwards from Massachusetts published his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God". Edwards empathetically preaches to his listeners the dangers of sin, the horrors of hell, and the consequences of being lost or without the direction of God. Focusing on ten central discussions, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" contains imagery and excerpts from the bible to aid Edwards 's arguments. A display of symbolism, "The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened her mouth under them"(Edwards IV) emphasizes that the fate of wicked men is to be thrown into hell (the pit) and should God (the glittering sword) decide so, they would suffer this inescapable
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. The main idea that he repeats is that if you do not love and believe in God, then you are going to hell.
In Jonathan Edwards’ excerpt from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Edwards uses a variety of different figurative language techniques and impeccable word choice to make the church goers truly believe that they have sinned God and are damned to Hell, as well as enforcing them to change their ways