Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God Rhetorical Analysis

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Jonathan Edwards wrote many sermons during the Great Awakening period of United States history. One being titled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” In this passage, Edwards uses sharp tone and the power of God to put fear into sinners and nonbelievers hearts. Throughout the sermon, he attempts to impact society, changing the nation as a whole. Edwards wishes for sinners to change their ways and ask God for forgiveness before it is too late to escape hell. Edwards uses imagery, metaphors, and repetition to express his sharp tone, in hope to change the society he lives in. Edwards uses vivid, strong, and angry imagery to indent his message in sinners and nonbelievers minds. First, he uses the phrase, “their foot shall slide in due time.”