Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Essay

972 Words Mar 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
Outline 1. Introduction a. Hook - “Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering.” ( A quote from Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”) b. Thesis – Jonathan Edwards’s sermon portrayed Puritans as sinners of their religion through the use of rhetorical strategies such as ethos, pathos, and logos. 2. Body Points c. Body 1 i. Topic Sentence - Ethos is referred to as the trustworthiness or credibility of the speaker and their tone of the literature. d. Body 2 ii. Topic Sentence – Pathos is referred to as the literature’s emotional appeal to the audience’s senses or imagination. e. Body 3 iii. Topic Sentence – Logos is referred to as …show more content…
Edwards' creative choice of words that he uses describes the power of God and the terrible Hell awaiting sinners. These words easily infiltrate into the minds of his congregation and frighten them beyond belief. These choices of words and his use of such vivid images are mostly successful in their intent, to scare and put fear into his audience. Edwards held his audience locked up with his promises of eternal damnation if proper steps were not taken. The congregation felt the intense impact of his rhetorical strategies and lived on the fear of the power of God. In this way, he was able to keep his followers from sin and away from the fiery pits of Hell.
Pathos is referred to as the literature’s emotional appeal to the audience’s senses or imagination. Edwards uses imagery to paint a horrifying picture of eternal damnation for unsaved souls. His use of detailed words describing the horrors and nuisance awaiting sinners has a significant effect on his audience. Hell may or may not be a real place and all of the suffering and pain described is a lie, Edwards' way of delivering his message is so effective that it puts fear into his listeners so that they believe and follow his suggested method of recovery. Moreover, he uses imagery to give his audience a mental picture of God holding sinners above the fiery pits of Hell. After filling their minds with fear, he uses this image to show them that there is a light at the end of the