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bradford and winthrop

Throughout history, readers have been bombarded with tales filled with emotion and designed to make the reader think about what has been said. Through the writer’s choice of stylistic and literary devices, a piece of writing can lead a reader in any direction he intends. John Winthrop, in his Model on Christian Charity, attempts to lead his listeners on the path to righteousness through their acts towards others, and through his literary style, the people listening are left with a clear vision of what Winthrop was trying to convey. And Jonathan Edwards, in his Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, is trying to lead his listeners back onto the trail that Winthrop had set out almost one hundred years before. Both Winthrop and Edwards use metaphor extensively throughout their writings, as is evidenced through Winthrop’s vision of a “city on a hill” and Edward’s extended comparison to the people of earth as being held in God’s hand over the fiery pits of hell, and the writer...

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