Analyzing the Angry Text
Through the use of a negative connotation, an angry tone, and fearful figurative language Jonathan Edwards attempts to persuade the audience that without being born again you will be condemned to hell. This excerpt from "Sinners in the Hands of an angry God" written by Jonathan Edwards is very argumentative and attempts a high level of persuasion. The authors style of writing is very appropriate for the specific topic and also causes a great deal of reactions from the audience. Some of the overall reaction was caused by the use of words that are usually not spoken in everyday society, such as "hell". His style also helps him achieve his purpose because it causes the audience to pay attention and be focused on the topic which is what the author was trying to accomplish.
The author's word choice and diction defined the style of the paper. Because the author used words that people are not familiar with, it made the style more appropriate for his purpose. "...in the hand of God, over the pit of hell; They had deserved the fiery pit..."(Edwards 46). This quote uses the word "hell" combined with an angry tone in order to make the reader feel uncomfortable and persuaded. The reason the word choice is appropriate with the style is because the topic of the paper is something that people are not familiar with. The average person usually does not discuss religious views with other people so author took words that sometimes make people uncomfortable and combined then with a topic that can also be uncomfortable to people which is appropriate. This excerpt "O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in" (Edwards 48) has a negative connotation in the eyes of the reader. This supports Edwards style because it creates a sense of guilt by using the word "sinner", which the average person does not like being called. In order to express his level of anger in his style and the "extreme" anger of God, Edwards uses this passage "It is a great furnace...
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