In the short story "Salvation" by Langston Hughes, is he criticizing Christianity? If so, what aspect or tradition of Christian faith is he criticizing? If he is not criticizing the Christian faith, what is the interpretation of the story?

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Hughes is not criticizing Christianity in this story. He's showing how the adults in a child's life can confuse him/her if they don't fully explain things to the child.

Langston loses his faith because of Auntie Reed. She tells him that "when you were saved you saw a light, and something happened to your insides!" Langston took this literally, expecting to actually see a light and to feel something happening in his body. When he doesn't see or feel anything after he's saved, Langston gives up on believing in Jesus because he believed his aunt's descriptions of salvation. His confusion worsens when Westley gets saved because he knows Westley didn't experience anything such as a light and is lying. Langston goes up to be saved only because he doesn't want to disappoint the adults, and they are all telling him to come up and be...

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