Compare Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God vs. Exodus

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Vivian Froehle
Professor J. Morgan
American Puritanism DBRAE 100
14 Oct. 2011
Contrast Essay Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God vs. Exodus 20

Have you ever thought of God as being a cruel and intimidating authority? When analyzing persuasive techniques in Exodus 20 by King James, and Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God , one should turn to tone, portrayal of God and what results from their persuasion. In “Sinners in the hands of an angry” Jonathan Edwards portrays God in a more hostile and scarier way to the reader and on King James’ “Exodus 20”.
In King James Version of Exodus 20 Phrases like “Thou shalt” indicate that we are being ordered by a superior to follow his commands. This is perceived as a commanding tone by the reader.   In a sense, the reader gains respect for a God yet doesn’t fear him. In Contrast, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards, uses imagery and repetition to show his sharp hostile tone. For example in in his sermon the word "wrath" is repeated various amount of times, which represents violence and anger, making it clear how angry God is with his people. Such words create a strong intimidating and threatening tone.

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Both King James and Jonathan Edwards assign an established character for God in both their stories. Edwards gives us a clear image of what Gods is and what the people who didn’t follow their orders would have to face with otherwise. Edwards portrays God as being a less compassionate god than most people picture him to be. “Natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell” (Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 203) is a vivid example Edwards uses to scare the reader. His phrases were fierce, strong and he knew how to use words as a mean of pure command and power. King James, on the other hand, had a more gentle approach. However, he made sure the reader understood that if one would not follow Gods commands, would be seen as guilty. For instance, King...