Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Alyssa Rentas
Mrs. Freschi
Eng 3H P.3
6 October 2015

Rhetorical Devices Found in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
Reverend Jonathan Edwards 1750-1755 preaches to his congregation that combines vivid
imagery of hell with observations of the world, and words of the scripture. This sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” scared many people emphasizing the belief that hell is a real place.
Jonathan Edwards uses Rhetorical devices to try to scare his audience into converting them to
be religious by telling them that they’re going to go to hell if they do not convert to Christ.   Edwards has his audience shrieking with his epic metaphors, repetition, alliterations etc.
Jonathan Edwards begins by using a simile comparing God’s wrath to “great waters that
are damned for the present”(47-49). Edwards compares the wrath of god to damned waters, with god holding back the “fiery floods” to scare those out of christ to convert to christ. Basically he saying nothing is holding God back that he can send you to hell whenever. Edwards is trying to persuade the audience by making accusations that all of them are going to go to hell because they do not believe in God. According to Jonathan   God is not happy with these people listening to the sermon because they do not believe in him, and that God will send them to hell.
Edwards uses a metaphor to gather his audience when he claims,” The bow of God’s
wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on a string…”(66-70). The purpose of this device is to compare the wrath of god to a bent bow, whose tension is increasing as justice prepares to lose the arrow of God’s vengeance upon those “out of christ”. This metaphor is dark and proves how dark Edwards was with this sermon. He wanted to get the audience attention and he definitely got their attention with that line because he basically said god is waiting to just let go of the arrow. The quote says that God is ready to strike at your heart so u better convert...