Am Lit: Do Now 9/16/14. Think about a time you tried to change someone’s mind. Did you use a gentle approach, scare tactics, or something in between? Have you ever persuaded someone to do something or share your same belief? How did you do it? What was the outcome?. Success Today Means 9/16.
Think about a time you tried to change someone’s mind. Did you use a gentle approach, scare tactics, or something in between?
Have you ever persuaded someone to do something or share your same belief? How did you do it? What was the outcome?
In 1740 the well-known British evangelist George Whitefield joined with Jonathan Edwards to spark a religious revival that swept New England. The Great Awakeningwas a backlash against what many believed was a church that had grown far too lenient.
Edwards preached a return to Calvinism which stressed predestination, the belief that only a select few chosen by God would be saved. No individual could earn grace by doing good deeds, so everyone was equally powerless to control their own fate.
Metaphor – a figure of speech that compares or equates two seemingly unlike things. In contrast to a simile, a metaphor implies the comparison instead of stating it directly; hence there is no use of connectives such as like or as.
Imagery – The “word pictures” that writers create to evoke an emotional response.
In creating effective images, writers use sensory details.
Repetition – The recurrence of sounds, words, phrases, lines, or stanzas in a speech or piece of writing.
Repetition increases the sense of unity in a work and can call attention to particular ideas.
Sensory details – Evocative words or phrases that appeal to one or more of the five senses—sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste.
As a Calvinist, Jonathan Edwards believed that some people were favored by God and others were not. This belief was interpreted by some to mean that worldly success was a sign of God’s favor. Many believed that one way God rewarded people for their repentance and pious behavior was with earthly goods.
What is wrong with this assumption?
As you read, visualize the faces on the congregation as they listen to the speech.
How might they react?
Could their outward reactions tell how they are reacting inwardly?
Choose a passage from Edwards’s sermon that contains vivid imagery, such as his comparison of sinners to “the most hateful and venomous serpent.” (this quote is from the full sermon) Sketch the passage.