Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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Essay In the excerpt from Jonathan Edward’s sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, the author uses figures of speech, figurative language, and diction to convey the two tones; threatening and hopeful. In the passage, Jonathan Edwards tells his people what does and doesn’t save you from Hell. The author’s diction helps create the first tone; threatening. God has prepared a “furnace” for the ones going to hell (153). This word suggests a fireplace, but it is used to be described as Hell. It helps creates the tone because it creates the image of a smoldering fire. This word threatens all listeners because they could be the ones sent to the “furnace”. Those not going to Heaven will go to the “pit” (153). This word suggests a cavity or hole in the ground. The author describes Hell as a pit because it’s a symbol of an everlasting trap. Anyone would feel threatened if they were told it’s a possibility that they would be spending an eternity in Hell. It helps support the tone because of the image it creates. You will spend an entity “wrestling” with God (156). This word suggests the act of two people struggling hand to hand or body to body, trying to pin the other to the ground. This diction helps create the tone because it tells you what it’s going to be like between you and God if you are sent to Hell. It’s a threatening word because it can cause pain, anger, and conflict. Mentally wrestling with the almighty God is pointless and frightening. He will always win and you should never underestimate the power of the Lord, and what he can do to you. Suddenly, the sermon switches from a threatening and condemning tone to a hopeful tone. There’s an opportunity where people will be “flocking” to God. This word suggests wallpaper or a cloth decorated with flock, or a crowd or animals. This helps create the tone of hopeful because you picture in your mind a gathering of
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