A characteristic of this essay is Hughes's use of figurative language. One example of figurative language is "young lambs." To whom does Hughes refer as "young lambs"? Identify two other instances where Hughes uses figurative language.

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Hughes begins the essay talking about a “big revival” at his auntie’s church. As part of this revival, the church is holding “a special meeting for children.” The aim of this meeting is “to bring the young lambs to the fold.” The “lambs” here are the children, whom the church hopes to recruit. A lamb is a young sheep, and so the metaphor here fits rather well. In the bible, John the Baptist calls Jesus “the lamb of God,” and so the lamb is also associated with innocence, purity, and gentleness. This biblical symbolism also makes the metaphor particularly apt, as children are also associated with innocence and purity.

In the fourth paragraph of the essay, Hughes describes the people in the church all praying and singing together. He uses more figurative language when he says that “the whole building rocked with prayer and song.” This exaggerates the fervent atmosphere in the church.

Later in the essay, describing his decision as a child to get up and “be saved,” Hughes writes that “the whole room broke into a sea of shouting, as they saw me rise.” Hughes here employs another metaphor. Describing the congregation as a sea implies that their joy was vast and also, like the sea, could not be held back.

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