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1 English 1302H 2/20/08 Essay 1: Literary Analysis of Jonathan Edwards During the middle 1700s, religion was a hot topic and everyone was continually reminded of the repercussions of sinning. In 1741, Jonathan Edwards delivered one of the most famous sermons ever that caught the attention of the Puritans of early America. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Edwards used numerous rhetorical methods to make his sermon effective. Every piece of literature has a tone, and this tone is how the author views what he or she is writing about. Authors communicate their tones to the audience by using an array of rhetorical strategies. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards uses imagery, metaphors, and repetition to demonstrate his sharp tone. His cautious choice of words among the vivid descriptions allows him to clearly develop his intense tone. The style of writing in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” also helps indicate the author’s tone. Edwards’s purpose seems to be implanting fear and bringing about a response among those facing damnation from God. The abrupt tone of this sermon was formed early and it set the stage for the remainder of the message. Edwards uses imagery to create an intimidating picture of everlasting punishment for those who are unsaved. His vivid description of Hell as a “bottomless pit” (Edwards 328) describes the agony and fear awaiting sinners when they arrive. This has an extraordinary effect on his readers because he scares them into believing what he is preaching. Edwards also uses imagery to give his congregation an imaginative illustration of God holding sinners over the pit of Hell, “much as one holds a spider” (330). At this point, the audience already has a lot of fear, but this mental picture shows that there is actually a light at the end of the tunnel from God’s
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2 forgiveness and blessing. Furthermore, Jonathan Edwards paints an image of sinners as “dry
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1302 taught by Professor Nancymyers during the Spring '07 term at Tarrant County.

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