Jonathan Edwards style of Writing

             Jonathan Edwards as a well-known preacher during the Great Awakening expresses a style different than other writers. In one of his sermons titled “Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God”, he uses a great amount of figurative language. Such as metaphors, imagery, and similes. Edwards also uses repetition and parallelism to get his point across. In this sermon he is trying to persuade the people to have a change of attitude, other known as change of heart and to stop being sinners. The diction of words and the tone of the work also vary.
             Edwards’s sermon contained a lot of similes, metaphors and imagism. An example of a metaphor would be like “the wrath of God that is expressed in torments of hell.” All the metaphors in the sermon are related to the wrath of God is…and then it compared to the water, storms, bow and arrow, and a bottomless pit. All his choice of words are elevated because when he wrote this sermon he was writing to the studious Puritans that understood that kind of language. There are some comparisons that he does and it loses people after reading them because the people get confused when reading words they have never encountered.
             In the sermon the sentence structure is definitive different than a writer nowadays. His writing is very concrete because people are able to see what he writes. Edwards’ also uses parallelism construction. One example of that would be “To see so many others feasting, while you are pinning and perishing! To see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, while you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart, and howl of vexation of spirit.” He also uses a lot of repetition. He repeats himself on God being in charge of the person and God being the only responsible if they get send over to hell. Another thing that Edwards’ repeats is that change is everything that is going to save you. It says that God has the power to hold the person like

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