Jonathan Edwards Sinners In The Hand Of An Angry God

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Many authors like to use figurative language when portraying feelings and emotions in their writings. Using figurative language conveys an image in the reader’s mind, providing them with a better understanding. Both authors, Jonathan Edwards, in his story, “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God,” and Dekanawida, in his story, “The Iroquois Constitution,” use figurative speech. However, they use this technic to bring different emotions into play. There are many similarities and differences between both of the writings.

In Jonathan Edwards’ short story he uses many similes to create fear. For example, “His wrath toward you burns like fire;” (Edwards 49). Fire is destructive, powerful, and consuming, giving the reader the image that His wrath is dangerous. Dekanawida uses symbolism to represent and enhance an idea. He writes, “Five arrows shall be bound together very strong and each arrow shall represent one nation. As the five arrows are strongly bound this shall symbolize the complete union of the nations,” (Dekanawida 110). The arrows are weapons that represent strength and when they are bound by a strong cord, the reader visualizes the inseparable strength the nations have. Dekanawida uses his figurative language to inspire and show the strength of unity. Jonathan uses it to …show more content…

Trees provide shelter from the weather and the image of a protective tree makes the reader feel that peace will be secure. Jonathan creates fear by symbolizing bugs and insects as people that are being held over fire, “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked:” (Edwards 49). The image and comparison that God see’s people as insignificant as bugs helps the reader understand the author’s

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