“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” John Edwards was a radical speaker during the The Great Awakening, who gave one of the most famous sermons, known as “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” This sermon was given to provoke people to turn from secular things, and come back to God, lest they burn in hell. John Edwards uses very strong imagery, tone, and details to get his point across while frightening the congregation. John Edwards strong use of imagery ignites fear into the people to help get his point across. He starts off his sermon with, “ Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead. and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards Hell; and if God should let you go you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf…” This immediately causes a sense of fear, making it seem as if the only thing keeping the people out of hell was God’s hand.
Sermons were written and read so that even the simplest, or even illiterate of Colonist could understand, language that they could relate too. It was very sensory and vivid, used to evoke fear, pity and guilt in a group of people that had survived and were facing all manner of unknowns as the shaped a new nation. Like any writer that is trying to persuade his audience he begins his emotional appeal from the very beginning, as he very directly addresses the audience. "Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on ear; yea, doubtless, with many that are now in this congregation, who it may be are at ease, than he is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell." This statement was not on an attention grabber, but evoked fear in the congregation, fear of hell and their own safety from Gods wrath, as well as fear and pity for those sitting around them.
In the speech, I Have a Dream, by Martin Luther King Jr., he addresses racism in a vivid manor, and he uses similes and imagery to captivate whomever this speech reaches. First, let us address one of the many similes he uses within his speech. "Until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream…" (King) he took this simile from the book of Amos in the Hebrew bible. Dr. King was a Baptist minister, so it is only normal for him to know many bible scriptures from multiple religions by heart. This specific Hebrew bible verse was very impactful for this speech.
Edwards uses a stricter and more straight up approach at speaking to his audience. He uses the word “You” a lot to show that it affects each and every one of them individually. This sermon in detail explains what happens to you with your sins and God. For example, using figurative language he says, “Your Wickedness makes you as it were heavy as Lead, ...”. This sentence shows how sins affect you in life.
Pope Urban II Speech Why did pope Urban’s speech generate support for the first crusade? Pope Urban II’s speech generated large amounts of support for the first crusade because he use a wide range of tactical appeals. In Urban’s speech he used technique of defamatory language to make Muslims sound like terrible people. This was shown when said ‘an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from god’ and ‘They circumcise the Christian, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into vases of the baptismal font’. Sentences such as this one made the people scared and angry at the Muslims and may have change their opinions of the Muslims.
Shane lives in poverty, chooses to spend his days with the poor, and ultimately serves his enemies. Whether Shane preaches that the Church has become apathetic and over politicized, he serves a purpose to change the way Christians think about their religion. Shane cannot be called a sideline spectator either, he walks the talk, Claiborne preaches in the city of Chicago, Philadelphia, in conventions, and in Iraq, risking his life. He absolutely has moral authority and credibility in his ideas and opinions. While I do not completely agree with his whole book, Shane Claiborne speaks some truths on many ugly topics of our society.
The first stanza addresses his current overwhelming despair, followed by the second quatrain, that questions the assassin as God the motivation of the attack; the sestet then answers (to the questions posed by Hopkins’ faltering faith) that God was giving a learning experience to Hopkins. The first stanza begins with line one introducing the extent of Hopkins’ despair, “Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee,” capitalizing ‘Despair’ to emphasize its power as a feeling, and symbolize the major role it plays in Hopkins’ current life. Although, the feeling is overwhelming, Hopkins refuses to succumb
Acts of violence are prevalent in both the Bible and the Odyssey, and the reasons behind them are for very different purposes. In the bible, violence is used in moral battles as God repeatedly uses violence against sinners and His opponents to show the reader what is the correct way of living, and establish morality whereas in the Odyssey, violence is conveyed more often as a necessary and commonplace mode of revenge by someone who has been wronged, which causes many characters to commit acts of “righteous revenge.” However, when looking at the reasons for the acts of revenge by both Poseidon and Odysseus, one can see how these acts are much more products of petty human traits like personal pride and hurt feelings than of righteousness and justice. In the story of the Exodus in the bible, Moses is given the task of freeing the people of Israel from the oppression of the Pharaoh in Egypt. The Pharaoh scoffs at Moses’ command to let his people go, and does not honor the authority of Moses’ “God” even after Moses threatens the Pharaoh by telling him of the impending, God-driven plagues against Egypt if he does not heed to Moses’s instructions. Especially when the plagues start to descend upon Egypt killing many around the Pharaoh, one starts to wonder why he is still so proud and stubborn.
Garrett Hall Ms. Roberts English 3 Honors February 1, 2013 Imagery in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Jonathan Edwards uses fear as his motivation in his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by using gruesome imagery to elicit his audience to be born again. Edwards gives his audience two choices, God and to be reborn again or death and hell to follow. This feeling of hopelessness makes his audience scared of their choices, if they in fact do choose the wrong thing. In the excerpt, Edwards states “Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downward with great weight and pressure toward hell; and if god should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a fallen rock (Edwards 47)”. This is a metaphor to vividly depict the overall weakness and meagerness of humans.
Edwards' Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - Edwards' "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" The passages given from the Edwards' 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God'; and the opening sentence of the Declaration both include many points such as the tone, diction, and syntax. The points shown throughout each sentence aims for the intent of obtaining the attention of the audience. The way each sentence is arranged with its own syntax can very well appeal to listeners, depending on its structure and imagery. Within the given sentence excerpt from Edwards' 'Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God'; you may perceive that the speaker is undoubtedly reaching for the audiences attention without sustaining his harsh yet fearful manner.... [tags: Edwards Sinners Angry God Essays] 483 words (1.4 pages) $9.95 [preview] The Rhetoric of Jonathan Edwards in his “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” - On July 8th 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in Enfield, Connecticut. Edwards states to his listeners that God does not lack in power, and that people have yet not fallen to destruction because his mercy.