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The Great Awakening was a movement in history which was rooted in spiritual growth to bring identity to America in the 1700s Colonists such as a group named Puritans looked at their religion as a way of life This encouraged preachers all over England and colonial America to share and express their knowledge with misguided people Among the many preachers was a man named Jonathan Edwards Edwards uses imagery and emotional appeal by frightening the Puritans into repenting to god and returning to their religious ways Edwards had multiple approaches to his audience but one of his most effective ones were his sense of expressing vivid imagery One of Edwards images that were delivered powerfully and intensely was his comparison of the bow of gods wrath Edwards 103 This bow representing gods wrath is bent with an arrow that can quickly kill the arrow made ready on the string and justice bends the arrow at your heart and strains the bow 103 Edwards clearly explains that god is justified when he points that arrow at the sinner because the sinner is receiving a punishment that is well deserved Another example of Edwards detailed imagery is when he refers to the great waters 103 These waters eventually rise to a breaking point after being contained for a long period of time That breaking point is gods anger in which it is explained that if god releases the floodgate it will cause massive destruction destroying the people with a great fury The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned for the present they increase more and more and rise higher and higher 103 It is stated that gods wrath is unstoppable like a flood is In addition Edwards uses simple images just as the Puritan life style would approve Edwards made the sermon easy to follow and understand due to the amount of people in the audience who were illiterate The images that
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