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In the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Jonathon Edwards creatively preaches by using different rhetorical structures and devices throughout the short lecture that his audience should come to know the Lord and be saved Edwards begins his sermon with figurative language by using metaphors to describe Gods wrath The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned for the present He intensifies this pattern by writing His wrath toward you burns like fireit is a great furnace of wrath a wide and bottomless pit full of the fire of wrath The author attempts to scare his reader into accepting God with this effect He gives life to several inanimate objects a method called personification The sun does not willingly shine upon you to give you light to serve sin and Satanthe air does not willingly serve you to breathe and maintain the flame of life in your vitals Using personification adds to the urgency the reader feels when reading the passage which is another method to lead his readers into accepting Christ Edwards repeats several statements in the address such as Gods hand and The wrath of God to emphasize his point and add organization to his writing He also repeats the idea of what Gods wrath is like to further persuade the reader into accepting God The sermon is connected with these words and thoughts and everything is entwined The reader is pulled into this repetition and is desperately looking for a way to escape what might happen if he does not accept God Diction specific word choices spices up the sermon and also helps the reader to feel the significance in what Edwards is trying to do with his writing And the wrath of God would rush forth with inconceivable fury and would come upon you with omnipotent power The power of these words is strong and the reader feels the same impact when reading
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