The Puritan Society Revolved Around God Essay

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The Puritan society revolved around God. Everything anyone did had to relate back to their religion and conform with the Puritan rules. In the works of John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, and Jonathan Edwards imagery, diction, and syntax are used to support their purposes for writing the different pieces and the idea that the world is God-centered. The pieces prove a God-centered world through devices and techniques that create either fear or awe of God.
In both Mathers’ “The Devil in New England” and Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” the imagery evokes fear from the readers and listeners because it is violent and volatile. In contrast, John Winthrop in his piece “A Model of Christian Charity” uses gentler language but it still upholds the idea of a glorious and all-powerful God. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” has many images of burning and God holding up the human race. According to Edwards, God is the only thing keeping a sinner from falling into a “...bottomless pit of fire and wrath” (Edwards 10). In this piece the main goal was to get people back into the church. By continually describing God’s absolute power and control it frightens people into wanting to convert. Mathers also uses stabbing, awful imagery such as “...[T]ormented by invisible hands” (Mathers 15) and “...a dreadful knot of witches” (Mathers 16). In this piece Mathers was trying to justify his role in the Salem Witch Trials. By using this type of imagery he evokes a sense of good vs. evil…

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