Rhetorical Analysis Of ' The Hands Of An Angry God ' Essay

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There are many different platforms in history in which people created magnificent pieces of literature like, Walt Whitman’s O Captain! My Captain! or even the ever popular Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It” poster, that have such a strong rhetorical impact. This impact also extends past the time they were popular but also into the current age because of the effective context that ethos, pathos and logos are used. Sinners In The Hands Of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards is one of the most pronounced works of literature for its strong rhetorical techniques. This sermon utilizes many rhetorical strategies in the sermon such as pathos and imagery. This sermon was delivered to Edward’s Puritan congregation during one of largest revivals in American history, The Great Awakening, not only to show to show his congregation that the wrath of God was imminent and true, but also the realness of his mercies. However, this sermon extends much further then just that Puritan community. This sermon continues to effect people today with its strong language and the image that is painted of God’s all consuming wrath. One of the main reasons that this text was so popular in the time it was preached and today is because of it’s strong use of Pathos. The objective of Pathos is to grab our attention and make us feel a deep specific emotion to a specific audience. Edwards describes hell and damnation in extreme detail to spark the emotion of fear and reverence for God almighty into the congregation…

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