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As we move into ‘The Great Awakening’ in our study of American Literature, we will be analyzing the rhetorical power of Edward’s famous sermon, “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God”. Edward’s use of startling imagery and terrifying depictions of the wrath of God are shocking even for today’s modern audience, but would have been absolutely terrifying to the members of his congregation during his own time period.

Below you will find a brief video with background information on Edwards that YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH FIRST, follow by a PDF of the Sermon and the audio to the sermon. Download the PDF and follow along as you listen to the Youtube video of the sermon… make notes of the rhetoric Edward’s uses. This homework should take roughly an hour tonight, but all you have to do is listen and make light annotations!  (I would suggest looking back at the Mary Rowlandson post if you don’t remember what all you should be looking for when you conduct a rhetorical analysis!)

Click here for the PDF of his full sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God”.

Click here for the shortened version of “Sinners In the Hands of An Angry God.”

And finally, click here for the full audio of his sermon. 



Can’t wait to discuss this with you tomorrow! 🙂