In most people's lives, there comes a point in time where their perception changes abruptly; a single moment in their life when they come to a sudden realization. In Langston Hughes' 'Salvation', contrary to all expectations, a young Hughes is not saved by Jesus, but is saved from his own innocence.
'Salvation' is the story of a young boy who has an experience of revelation. While attending a church revival, he comes to the sudden realization that Jesus will not physically come save him.
In the first three sentences of the essay, the speaker adopts a very childlike style. He makes use of simple words and keeps the sentences short, similar in style to that of an early aged teenager. But since the text is written in the past tense and the narrator mentions that he was 'going on thirteen' (181), we know the speaker is now older. After reading a little further, we find that the style becomes more complex, with a more select choice of words and longer sentences. The contrast between simple and complex styles is present all through the rest of the essay, and creates a more personal atmosphere. Another particularity of 'Salvation' is the fact that the story recounts Langston Hughes' own personal experiences as a young boy. This high degree of intimacy allows Hughes to supply the reader with some very concrete details and vivid descriptions. The beauty in Hughes? personal insights lies in their power to reach our senses. We can clearly picture th...
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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).... [tags: Langston Hughes, African American]
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