Sinners In The Hand Of An Angry God And Martin Luther King

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Dedication can be hard to evolve. Pursuing dreams and accomplishing what one sets out to do can also be hard. In “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards and “Letter From Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. both Edwards and King think of ways to compel their audiences. King accomplishes his goals through ethos, hidden persuasiveness, and alignment; while Edwards accomplishes his goals through repetition, figurative language, and tone. In order to understand this paper one must have background knowledge on the authors and their pieces. In 1963 the Civil Rights movement was in its prime. MLK had went to jail more than 20 times for his cause and was arrested again for parading without a permit. King was stabbed in the chest and his house was even bombed. He lead a 381 day boycott and traveled over 6000 miles. Edwards was an extreme puritan in the 1700’s. He was the most powerful and persuasive puritan preachers of his time. He grew up as a devout puritan and even gave sermons while playing with his friends. He showed academic brilliance at an early age and went to Yale at 13 to become valedictorian. Later in life he became leader of the Great Awakening. In “Letter From Birmingham Jail” King wrote to the eight clergymen who stated they wanted the movement to end about why his movement was morally right. In this letter King shows how they are being nonviolent now, but in time it will evolve into something more. In “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God”

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