An Analysis Of Langston Hughes And How I Got Smart

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What makes a piece of writing humourus? In “ How I got Smart” by Steve Brody and in “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, both use literary devices to tell a story from a younger perspective. Although they both use figurative language in a humourous way, Brody’s story is silly and has a happy ending and Hughes’s story is somewhat sad and does not end happily thus making Brody’s story overall funnier. In the text “How I Got Smart” by Steve Brody the tone is humorous and his story is intended to shock his students and shift their paradigm about teachers origins. Students often don’t know about their professors beginnings and pivotal moments that brought them to where they are today. It can be easy to view them as congenital child librarians with…show more content…
On the other hand we have a story that is also humorous; however, his literary devices achieve a more childlike tone and his story concludes with a sympathetic effect on the reader . In “Salvation”, by Langston Hughes he takes us back to his inner thirteen year old self and his experience with being “saved” in a church. He explains the internal struggle he faces when he is pressured by a whole congregation to “see jesus” and the ironic effect it has on his perspective towards Jesus. Hughes writing in this story is very visual and enriched with figurative language. “And the whole building rocked with prayer and song”(Hughes 229). Hughes personifies the building and depicts an overwhelming amount of prayer and song. Another example of figurative language is found when he pretends he has seen Jesus. “Suddenly the whole room broke into a sea of shouting as they saw me rise” (Hughes 232). This metaphor sheds light on the intensity of the church at that moment. Comparing the room to a sea, an immense untameable body, exaggerates the situation he was in and portrays him as almost drowning in his…show more content…
Hughes story overall was funnier because it leaves the reader with a positive situation of him overcoming heartbreak and continuing his pursuit for knowledge. Brody’s story wasn 't as funny because it ends on a sad note and makes the reader forget any funny elements and focus on the sad irony of the
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