"Sinner in the Hands of an Angry God." Questions 1-4
1) Question; Explain the mood of this passage.
Answer; The mood of this passage s all hellfire and the brimstone.
2) Question ; Using specific examples, give one example of a metaphor, one example of a simile, and one example of an allusion that Edwards uses in this passage from the sermon to elicit this particular mood.
Metaphor: A metaphor is a comparison of two unlike things without the use of like or as. For example: In the sermon the metaphor of loathsome insects describes sinners. The congregation's righteousness is compared to a spider's web. God is compared to an archer. What metaphor is used for Hell in the italicized passage?
Simile: A simile is a comparison of two unlike things using like or as. For example: "The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present." What similes are used in the italicized passage?
Allusion: An allusion is a reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, politics, sports, science, or some other branch of culture. Puritan writing makes allusions or references to specific passages from the Bible. As you read the sermon, locate the allusions to biblical verses and figures.
Simile: "it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath."
Metaphor: "and you would be like the chaff of the summer threshing floor."
Allusion: "You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder."
3) Question; what specific words (minimum of three) does he choose to make his tone clear?
Answer; the specific words he chooses to make his tone clear are the following: Danger, wrath, nothing.
4) Question; what images (pictures in the listeners' mind) does Edwards use in the passage to make his tone clear? What effect do those images have on establishing the tone of the piece?