Summary Of Langston Hughes's 'Salvation'

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Influential 20th century American writer Langston Hughes describes an incident which made him lose his religious beliefs as a young boy of twelve in his essay called “Salvation.” At his aunt’s church, there was a service being held for the children of the town to be “brought to Jesus” (Hughes). Hughes’ aunt and many other people of the congregation said when Jesus came to Hughes, he would see a light and feel something happen on the inside. After the preacher “sang a song about the ninety and nine safe in the fold, but one little lamb was left out in the cold,” a few girls jumped up and ran to the altar (Hughes). Over time, all of the children had gone to the altar except Hughes and another boy, Westley. After a while of not seeing or feeling Jesus, Westley just wanted the service to be over and he said, “God damn! I 'm tired o ' sitting here. Let 's get up and…show more content…
Hughes was one of the first writers to incorporate the use of African American music in his poems. He used different types of music, such as Jazz and the blues. He felt the need to do so because of his fascination with that form of music and because of how it made people feel in that time period. He also believed that this was a way to feel better about being an African American in a society that was indifferent to cultural diversity. Hughes’ writings were mainly about the experience of hard working African Americans in society and how they got through their daily lives as a minority. Hughes describes what it was like to be an African American man in 20th century society and wanted other African Americans to be proud of their race. Hughes wanted his writings about being African Americans in society to be shown to the white people. He hoped that this would make white people realize what it felt like to be the minority in the community. He also wanted to show America the effects that racism and segregation have on the
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