Rhetorical Analysis Of Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

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Often in sermons ministers pastors persuade their audience to behave in a spiritual or moral fashion. For instance, in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” where Edwards stated that it’s easy for God to send the sinners to hell. He wanted to impact his audience by appealing to their fears, pity, and vanity. Edwards had a spiritual impact on his Puritan audience because of his use of cautionary tone, relative imagery, and creative figurative language. Foremost, the author used cautionary tone. In the beginning of the sermon, Edward is talking about God sending sinners to hell. “.thus easy is it for God when He pleases to cast His enemies down to hell” (Paragraph.1). This reveals that it’s easy for God to send sinners to hell with no hesitation. Additionally, the sermon, talks about God and the sinners and when God comes back to Earth to see who’s going to his kingdom. “Therefore, let everyone that is out of Christ, how awake and free from the wrath to come.” (Paragraph.11). This illustrates that the sinners and everyone else need to repent because God is coming. Therefore, the sinners should repent before it’s too late. …show more content…
In the beginning of the sermon, Edwards is talking about God and sending the sinners to hell. “We find it easy to thread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth…” (Paragraph 1). This shows that he is relating people easily stepping on a worm to God easily sending people to hell. Also, the sermon, talks about God, the sinners, and him sending the sinners to heaven if they repent and sending the sinners to hell if they fake their religion. “… Arrow made ready on the string; and justice directs the bow to your heart.”(Paragraph 6). This shows that God is stinging the sinners with an arrow and the sinners are the target. Therefore, God is ready to get the sinners in hell if they don’t