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The works of Jonathan Edwards and Patrick Henry use significant literary devices Each of the speeches mentioned here had a definitive purpose and main idea The authors also used rhetorical questions and repitition to sway thier audiences The individual characteristics of these works are sometimes found to be alike and somtimes found to be different Speech to the Virginia Convention had a very distinct purpose That purpose was to persuade the members of the Virginia House of Burgesses to raise arms against the British This is exemplified with the quote An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left to us Henry 90 This is one of the more direct quotes that Henry uses to illustrate his purpose Also connected with his purpose was the fact that he argued some ideas that did not match his thoughts For example They tell us sir that we are weak unable to cope with so formidable an adversary But when will we be stronger Henry 90 Henry is speaking here of a point of view that others have adopted This point of view is used as a definition of what Henry believes is the wrong opinion The purpose of Jonathan Edwards Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God was to persuade the natural men or unregenerate Christians to declare themselves reborn Edwards believed that a Christian must declare himself reborn in front of his own peers in order to be saved by God The God that holds you over the pit of hell much as one holds a spider Edwards 39 Here Edwards is speaking of how God feels about the unregenerate Christians and what could happen to them By giving examples of what would happen to the unregenerate Christians Edwards is attempting to persuade the poeple of
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