Jonathan Edwards style of Writing

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Edwards’ Style 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 wro Continue...


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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. He is very persuasive and he first begins negative but at the end he turns out positive and encouraging. It says that God has the power to hold the person like a loathsome insect in the burning fire of hell and it is up to him if he throws the person or not. In the sermon the sentence structure is definitive different than a writer nowadays. te this sermon he was writing to the studious Puritans that understood that kind of language. He also reiterates that change of attitude is what God truly wants. And lastly the tone that Edwards' gives in his sermon is that he feels superior to them because he knows what needs to be done in order to not go to the burning fire of hell. His style of writing is very important now because it is teaching us on what the style of writing was before. Other authors would just base it on using positive words and not criticizing but Edwards' is not afraid of being different. He says it with such conviction and adulation. He says it with this potential that the audience, which are the Puritans, truly believe in what he is saying. 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. Edwards' also uses parallelism construction.