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4. Spirit of Nationalism   

4. Spirit of Nationalism

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  1. Comprehension: What language does Edwards use to describe his experience of grace in his "Personal Narrative"? What kinds of difficulties does he seem to have articulating his experience? What imagery and metaphors does he employ?

  2. Comprehension: What was the Great Awakening?

  3. Context: Both Edwards and Emerson were profoundly affected by the beauty of the natural world and understood it to be an expression of God's glory. Compare Edwards's descriptions of his experiences in nature in the "Personal Narrative" with Emerson's descriptions in Nature. How are they similar? How are they different? How does Edwards use natural imagery in his sermons?

  4. Exploration: During the Great Awakening preachers and clerics had a tremendous influence on American culture: they captivated audiences with their powerful messages and transformed people's beliefs and the way they lived their everyday lives. What charismatic figures seem to exert this kind of influence over American culture today?

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