Rhetorical Analysis Of John Edwards 's ' The Hands Of An Angry God '

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In the 1700s, during the Great Awakening hundreds of people were accepting Jesus Christ and becoming born again. During this time, pastors were working to increase this number and convert more and more people. One of these pastors was Jonathan Edwards, who gave intensely persuasive sermons. In one of Edwards’s most famous sermons "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” he utilizes rhetorical appeals: pathos, to appeal to the congregation’s fear; logos, to appeal to congregation’s common sense and logic; and ethos to gain the congregation’s trust throughout his sermon to assist him in persuading the congregation to become born again. Through his fire and brimstone teachings, Edwards evokes an immense amount of fear in his listeners. To further impart the feeling upon his audience, Edwards uses the rhetorical appeal pathos. Pathos “appeals to the audience’s emotions” (“Using” 13). This helps Edwards reinforce his purpose and persuade his audience. Edwards informs his audience that “[unconverted men] are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell” (Edwards 40). By telling his listeners that there is just as much anger directed at them as there is expressed in Hell, Edwards fuels their fear and shows them the horror they face by not converting. This in turn persuades them even more to be born again. Though, this is not all Edwards says to promote his cause further. Edwards goes on to say, “God is dreadfully provoked, his…

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