Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” page 98

Genre: nonfiction, sermon, persuasion


Speaker: Edwards, who has greater knowledge of the subject matter than his audience

Occasion: presented during religious revival, the Great Awakening

Audience: Edwards’ congregation, those “out of Christ”, sinners

Purpose: to scare the congregation into being born again

Subject (or style): God’s wrath and the “extraordinary experience” of repentance

Allusion: a reference to a person, a place, an event, or a literary work that a writer expects a reader to recognize

  • Edwards alludes to the Bible (i.e. Sodom).

Things to consider for the test:

Edwards compares God’s wrath to several things. Cite at least three comparisons and tell how they add to imagery.

Based on this sermon, what do you think Puritans depended on for their sense of “peace and safety”?

Discuss the description of God and how the tone changed from serious to hopeful.

Group 2:

  1. Author compares God’s wrath (anger) to dammed water (simile)

  2. Anger builds daily (“treasuring up more wrath”-irony)

  3. Imagery-a flood

  4. Repetition of the dammed water growing stronger

  5. “fiery floods of the fierceness…rush forth with inconceivable fierceness” alliteration

  6. Tone: no hope, too weak

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