Rhetorical Analysis Of Jonathan Edwards 's ' Sinners, The Hands Of An Angry God ``

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When trying to persuade someone, in text and speech, using persuasive appeals will help get the people on that person 's perspective. But, what is a persuasive appeal? It is the usage of ethos, logos, pathos and sometimes figurative language to efficiently convince the person(s) to to believe and agree; yet some people do not know what ethos, logos, and pathos are. Ethos: is convincing someone of the character or credibility of the persuader; logos: is an appeal to logic, and is a way of persuading an audience by reason; pathos: is an appeal to emotion, and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an emotional response. Two examples a writer and preacher manifest how well persuasive appeals work, it is Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, and Thomas Paine 's “Crisis Number one”. On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards presented “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” to his congregation, Jonathan uses logos and pathos and figurative language a lot, to convince thousands of people that if they do not become a son or daughter of God that minute they are damned to hell, they will face a definite judgement by the mighty powerful God. And they will be standing on his hand above the massive pit of hell fire; which is using pathos, and he implies his reasoning behind scriptures or logos. But Thomas Paine takes a different route in December 23rd, 1776, rather than trying to scare the life out of everyone, he uses figurative language to give Great…

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