He describes Gods anger towards those who do not follow and believe in Him. It is explained that God is the only one who is able to save people from going to Hell. Edwards wants people to imagine how evil and distressed life would be without Gods love and mercy. He explains that to not burn in Hell people need to ask for forgiveness from God, experience Gods mercy, and continuously practice the Lords word. Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is.
“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
A very precise word choice keeps the reader’s imagination from being too broad while reading. Anne Bradstreet uses good word choice in “My Dear and Loving Husband” with the “Thy love is such I can no way repay.” (line 15, page 116). Her words mean that she can never thank her husband because he has loved he so much. Jonathan Edwards also uses a precise word choice in “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God”. “Who it may be are at ease, than with many of those who are now in the flames of hell” (Edwards, page 124, line 9).
Each claim made by Jonathan Edwards motivates the audience to stop serving Satan in order to escape the “very misery to all eternity” that is Hell. The ideas presented in Jonathan Edwards’s Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, are intensified by the use of rhetorical devices. Edward’s successfully preaches to his Puritan audience about the horridness of God’s wrath with the use of rhetoric. Sermons, such as Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, contributed to the redirecting of the
Jonathan Edwards argues to the sinning members of the congregation who have not yet accepted Christ that God’s penalties for their iniquities and lack of faith are ineludible to any mortal, and that no attempt to overthrow Him exists that is capable enough. To deliver his point to his audience, Edwards employs multiple rhetorical devices such as simile, polysyndeton, imagery, metaphor, and hyperbole. A simile is present at the beginning of his speech, when he tells the sinners that their “wickedness make[s] [them] as it were heavy as lead.” This connection magnifies how sin poisons one’s soul and causes them to sink into the depths of Hell. Edwards compares the consequence of sin to a concept that the parish can comprehend, provoking the
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.
In the story, the grandmother is promptly filled with practically otherworldly love and comprehension that are from God. She treats The Misfit as a kindred enduring person whom she is committed to love because of that moment of grace that God gives her at a sudden. (Every individual should have compassion to others and love his kindred people like himself, even his foes. As Jesus instructs all of us to.) The grandmother understands that love is for everyone even The Misfit, that she loves The Misfit simply as if he is her child.
However, even with his claims of holiness, he puts on the veil; this is ironic, because the veil symbolizes the opposite of holiness. Also, the Minister shows that he has very limited understanding of true Christianity (Freedman). It is ironic that Parson Hooper tears his face and makes such a big scene about the secret sin we are all hiding. Yes, this sin is bad, and no, we should not hide it. However, true Christianity comes with knowing that we are and never will be perfect, but that God is strong in our weaknesses.
Hooper’s sacrifice acknowledges that sin comes at a high price, as he wore the veil, he isolated himself from the Puritan society and no longer accepted him as that was advent. The theme of the Minister’s Black Veil is that everyone has a secret sin, dying from others and that no one person can escape sin. “The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them” (Hawthorne). Reverend Hooper wears the black veil to communicate to his congregation and acknowledge that he has sinned. He sacrifices himself by wearing the black veil to recognize the sins committed by himself and the others townspeople; coming to terms with bad sins and remaining as part of humanity.
Keeping this in mind, Dimmesdale is also ill, a punishment from god for his unspoken sin, as thus far the praised and respected reverend has yet to confess his sin of adultery. This unspoken truth is seemingly being punished by God in the form of pain within his chest, diminishing his health in petite spurs through his daily life. So long as his sin remains untold, the reader can collect that should Chillingworth not murder Dimmesdale on his own, he will be killed by his illness instead. Thus, all three devices are tied together in one, singular
In this quote from Mrs. Bradstreet, she is showing that everything that is gone now, does not matter to her, all that matters is that god is still here, “There’s wealth enough, I need no more” (line 51). She doesn’t need anything when she has god. Mr. Edwards on the other hand, uses fear and doubt to guilt his listeners into becoming apart of the Puritan lifestyle when he says, “God has so many different ways of taking wicked men out of this world” (pg.120). In this quote from “Sinners in the Angry Hand of God” Mr. Edwards reminds his listeners that they could die any day due to their sins without god. Edwards has a common theme of bringing up constantly that god is holding them all over a giant pit that leads to hell, “Held in the hand of god, over the pit of hell.” (pg 126), and that if they chose to join the Puritans, they won’t be dropped in.
After running out she blest god for saving her. “I blest His name that gave and took.” (Bradstreet) In the other story, Edwards’s sermon, God wasn’t never joyful like in Bradstreet’s. For example, “So that, thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of the hell.” (Edwards) He hated everyone who sin and they deserve to go to hell. Edwards’s sermon and Bradstreet’s poem weren’t very similar. The meaning of fire was the only thing that was similar.
-“I found god in myself & I loved her/ I loved her fiercely”(63) This quote is so strong because it means so much because people would think she found like God but she was symbolizing how she found herself, and she loved her. I find it even stronger because the lady in red was always looking for love in all the wrong places, but she had to learn to love herself before she could allow herself to love someone else. 2.
To emphasize how religious they were, another example would be from the poem, “Verses upon the Burning of our house” by Anne Bradstreet. She states “ And to my God my heart did cry to strengthen me in my distress”. In other words, she was in a time of need, and was calling on God to give her strength. The fact that she was calling on God shows that she believed in him, making her religious. In addition, the Puritans were also a unselfish group of people.
In the “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards talks about how God is the one who is holding Israelites up from falling down. He believes that if a person was to fell, it would be because God wanted him or her to may be because of their wickedness. Moreover, Bradstreet would agree with him that “time brings down what is both strong and tall” (78). According to Edwards, God is ‘sovereign” and no one is above Him (171). Every wicked man “contrives well for himself, and that his schemes won’t fail,” but God knows it well and does not let them escape from the Hell (173).