Sinners In The Hand Of An Angry God

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Jonathan Edwards was a Puritan minister during the time of the first Great Awakening. In his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God,” he tries to keep the congregation on the right path away from sinning so they have a better chance of getting into heaven. In his sermon he uses rhetorical devices like anaphora, simile and metaphor to create a frustrated tone and frighten his congregation into obeying the word of God. In his sermon he uses anaphora to frighten his congregation into obeying God’s word. In paragraph three he uses anaphora three times to persuade the congregation to stay on the right path. For example, Edwards states, “There is a dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God” (Edwards 3). He’s saying that hell is a dreadful pit that people are sent to when God shows his wrath. Another example is also in paragraph three, he proclaims, “There is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of” (Edwards 3). He’s letting the congregation know that once you’re over hell you can’t find a way to save yourself from going in. Last example is also located in paragraph three, Edwards says to the congregation, “There is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up” (Edwards 3). He’s telling them that God is the one who decides if you go to hell or not. Jonathan Edwards uses anaphora for an affect. He’s trying to let them know that hell is a real place and they can end up there if they keep sinning so they need to be aware of what they’re doing. Figurative language is used to make Edwards’s point that he is trying to get across much stronger. In particular Edwards use of similes throughout the text strengthens his point and allows him to compare God’s anger to other things in this world that at times can also be very fearful and
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