“Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” In the “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” Edwards talks to the puritans in a form of imagery, stating how God has us in his hands and at one point he might just have to let us go because of our sins. Edwards tries to get his point across by stating the awful weight of sin, the wrath of an angry God, and the power of God and his ability to do horrible things to sinners. He wants to put fear into the unconverted people of the church. As he starts his sermon, he beings to talk about the unconverted people in a different way using the words “they” or “them” but the people already knew that sermon was referring to them. He uses this topic to penetrate main point inside the people’s hearts.
“The God … abhors you!” Imagine a preacher who would openly insult the congregation, tell them they were all damned, and that they could and should go to hell. Jonathan Edwards was one of these preachers. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards uses strong imagery to “excite” his audience into stronger religious devotion and sometimes even move them to hysteria. These powerful sermons sparked the religious revival in which people lived more devoted, spiritual lives. This “Great Awakening” spread throughout New England during the eighteenth century.
The sermon, “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” by Jonathan Edwards explains how sinners are going to go to hell because they have sin. Edwards is persuading his audience by trying to convert people, he explains to sinners what is going to happen to them and give examples describing how sinner were going to hell. Edward is trying to convert people. The reason is that he wants to build a better society, trying to make people have a relationship with God and he look down to people because they are sinners. For example, states in his sermon that, “The devil is waiting for them, hell is going for them, the flames gather and flash about them,” (pg.46), which is basically explaining how sinners are going to burn in hell and they deserve it.
In both Divine Things and Sinners of An Angry God was Edwards passionate and adoring of the almighty God in his writing. The malicious personality of Jonathan Edwards in Sinners of An Angry God was the complete contrary of his persona in Divine Things. In Sinners of An Angry God, I witnessed a burning passion about the fierce wrath of God. For example, Edwards said “His wrath towards you burns like fire”. Jonathan Edwards’s purpose for writing this sermon was to terrify the general public into coming to church and that would help hold his dominant position in the conjugation.
The bible talks about 2 diff. Types of fear. Godly fear and the kind that brings anxiety, doubt, depression, fear of the unknown. Fear of death and fear that leaves us stagnant. Worldly fear Think about the all the fears of this world.
Dimmesdale, however, as the town minister, wears his own scarlet “A” burned upon his flesh, since it is the community's rage he fears the most. Chillingworth sees the “A” as a quest for revenge to find the adulterer. Chillingworth's misshapen body reflects (or symbolizes) the anger in his soul, which builds as the novel progresses, similar to the way Dimmesdale's illness reveals his inner turmoil. The “A” also stands for "Angel" when it is seen in the sky on the night when Hester and Dimmesdale are standing on the scaffold together. One of the most complex and misunderstood characters in the novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne.
Night Essay Night by Elie Wiesel tells the terror of what the prisoners had to go threw in the concentration camps during World War II. The book proceeds to show how many prisoners lost their faith in God. There are many examples in this book where people are trying to keep their faith but finding it hard to do so with everything going on. People are rebelling against God and their religion. Night shows how difficult holding onto and using their religion to survive was.
The madness resulting from the incident was the way in which the soldiers handled this. They make jokes about Ted Lavender’s death, and act as if it was in a movie, separated from reality. Next, they burn down a town and kill all the animals still in it. While seeing something like this on the news would be disturbing, through the context of the author’s perspective we can understand why they do this. They are all afraid of dying in shame, as noted when Tim O’Brien says “They carried the soldier's greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing.
One has the impression that the letter represents the Puritan’s message that is drilled to the population in order to anchor it in their mind. The numerous occurrences of the scarlet letter combined with the hypotaxis style, gives a sense of a message being hammered to the reader just like a sermon: “the ignominious letter” (chap.2 p.52), “with the scarlet letter of infamy “ (chap.3 p.58) “the mark of shame” (chap.3 p.60), “at the token of her shame” (chap. 4 p.68). This is reinforced by the many metaphors of the flames of hell – “burning shame […] the scarlet letter […] seemed to scorch into Hester’s breast, as if it had been red-hot” (chap.4 p.67) ; “… burned on Hester Prynne’s bosom” (chap.14 p.148). One is invited to see the Puritans as ignominious as their
Arthur Dimmesdale feels an abundance of guilt for committing his sin, and because of his lack of courage and the guilt he has built up inside, he is suffering significantly. Arthur Dimmesdale is the Reverend of the village of Boston, and the whole congregation looks up to him for advice and spiritual guidance. He is known for his inspiring and rhetorical sermons, but when he commits adultery with Hester Prynne, he starts to go downhill; not just with his sermons, but also his mental health. “…his cheek was paler and thinner, and his voice more tremulous than before…” (Hawthorne 111). This quote is an example of how the guilt built up inside of him was literally eating away at him to the point that he becomes tremendously unhealthy.