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In his short story "Salvation," Hughes presents us with a withering critique of performative nature of religion—in other words, the notion that religious language can somehow effect change in the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 7:29 am UTC

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Firstly, one should ask what Hughes perspective was before his so-called salvation and how this had changed. We learn that before the revival service he was, as he calls it, 'a sinner' and that his...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2016 3:56 pm UTC

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This is the opening sentence of Langston Hughes's short story "Salvation" and is the crux of the whole narrative. As a pre-teen, the narrator is taken to a revival at his aunt's church, the point...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 11:43 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019 7:11 am UTC

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The title "Salvation" and the first sentence, "I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen," are ironic because Hughes's essay actually describes the corruption of an innocent and sincere...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 12:45 pm UTC

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As the answer to this question would depend on your own opinion, I can suggest some points in the narrative that could guide your decision. The term “salvation” actually only occurs in the title....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 11:32 pm UTC

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Salvation, in the Christian sense, essentially means to surrender one's life over to God by repenting from sin and accepting God's son, Jesus Christ, as Savior from those sins. Hughes's short text...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 7:54 pm UTC

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Langston Hughes, in his essay "Salvation," describes a particular meeting that took place at his Auntie's church just before he turned thirteen. The intended audience for this meeting was children...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 1:00 pm UTC

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When we speak of telling in terms of writing, we are speaking of developing exposition. Exposition creates a backdrop for the story by relaying information about characters, setting, or events in...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 9:54 am UTC

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The narrator of “Salvation” is the author, Langston Hughes, who, as a grown man, reflects on an incident that happened when he was thirteen. Using first person, he immediately connects the event to...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 11:18 pm UTC

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Description uses the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell to place a reader in a scene. Hughes starts by offering a very generalized description of a revival meeting. It could be...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 12:32 am UTC

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In his autobiographical short short "Salvation," Langston Hughes relays that, as the congregation continued to pray for the salvation of the children on the mourner's bench, more and more children...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 11:18 am UTC

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I can help you try to explain and identify all four phrases in Langston Hughes’ short story “Salvation.” Phrase 1: “the ninety and nine safe in the fold” This part is related to the preacher. The...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 3:42 pm UTC

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The short, staccato sentences at the beginning of Langston Hughes’s “Salvation” emphasize the strangeness of the claim he is making. Each sentence makes a single, simple point, leaving the detailed...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 7:04 am UTC

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When a writer chooses to start a new paragraph, this usually indicates that he or she is moving from one idea to another. Paragraph divisions can symbolize shifts in viewpoint and focus, and can...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2018 10:39 pm UTC

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In the story "Salvation" by Langston Hughes, Hughes shares a story from his childhood about when he was "saved" but "not saved" at the same time. He uses his personal observations and the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2015 8:38 pm UTC

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When reading “Salvation”, an autobiographical account written by Langston Hughes, it quickly becomes apparent to the reader that there is hardly any genuine dialogue to be found at all in this...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 7:50 am UTC

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The paradox, or apparent contradiction of Hughes's saying that "he was saved, but not really saved" points to the hypocrisy in many religious sects. Because of the emotional hype that is often...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2014 3:06 am UTC

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Young Langston has been told by his aunt that when you're saved you see a little light and something happens inside of you. She also said that when you're saved you can see and feel and hear Jesus...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 9:43 am UTC

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Mood is defined as the way an author intends for the reader to respond emotionally to the text. An author’s tone, or attitude, directly establishes mood. So, the best place to start is to examine...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2018 3:27 am UTC

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The story is told in the past tense because Hughes is remembering an event that happened in his childhood. More than that, however, the use of past tense suggests that the narrator, who is...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 12:00 pm UTC

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In "Salvation," Hughes tells us about the revival meeting through the voice of his 13-year-old, or almost 13-year-old, self. Throughout the essay he stays tightly within this 13-year-old...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016 4:06 pm UTC

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"Salvation" by Langston Hughes is a short essay and a chapter of his memoir, entitled The Big Sea. By definition, memoir and essay are both nonfiction forms. A memoir is similar to an autobiography...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 12:50 am UTC

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I just answered a question concerning "Salvation" that might be helpful to this question. With regards to how time passes, the essay begins a few weeks before an important revival meeting at...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016 10:34 pm UTC

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Langston Hughes’ short piece “Salvation” is part of his book-length autobiography The Big Sea (1940), but it is often reprinted alone in literature and writing textbooks as an example of a sketch,...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 11:43 pm UTC

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The primary setting of the Revival is critical to Hughes' work. The staging of it, the elevated platform where all the children who took the name of the Lord in order to be "saved," as well as the...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2009 8:02 am UTC

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In Langston Hughes’ “Salvation,” he recalls attending a religious revival with his aunt as a child. At this revival, children are encouraged to signal that they have found Jesus, but nothing...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2021 4:42 pm UTC

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"Salvation" is a chapter in The Big Sea, an autobiographical work Hughes published in 1940. The story is set around the year 1913. The story's narrator is Langston Hughes, looking back at an event...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 9:06 pm UTC

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The story is a memoir by the author about a particular incident in his life when he was just about to turn thirteen, which made a huge impression on him. The narrator had attended a revival service...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 2:44 pm UTC

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That's an awful lot of questions about a character who is hardly even in the story. What is Auntie Reed's style of speaking? Well, I could say that she uses evangelical jargon by calling Langston a...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2008 12:14 am UTC

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Hughes is trying to give us an honest account of his childhood loss of faith. In order to drive home the point that he genuinely couldn't see the light during the service, he contrasts his behavior...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 6:41 am UTC

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Langston Hughes's tone in the opening sentences of "Salvation" is ambiguous, to say the least. He starts by telling us how he was saved from sin when he was going on thirteen. But then, in the very...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 9:04 am UTC

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As you might already know, Freytag’s Pyramid was created by the nineteenth-century German playwright Gustav Freytag. To showcase the elements that he felt were an unquestionable part of proper...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 3:26 pm UTC

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The story begins with a hook that catches our attention and draws us directly into the narrative. Hughes gives us a startling contrast: I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 3:31 pm UTC

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“Salvation,” a section from Hughes’ 1940 autobiography The Big Sea, discusses his experiences with church and spirituality at around the age of 13. In the section, dialogue helps readers understand...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2020 3:14 pm UTC

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Langston Hughes can be considered on the short list of America's great writers. His essay "Salvation" proves this. Like so much of Hughes' work, there are notes of joy, humor, sadness, and abject...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2009 2:33 pm UTC

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Broadly speaking, psychoanalysis looks at shame as being a form of heightened anxiety that arises due to a fear of being excluded. A sense of shame is a product of our deep desire to be part of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020 1:39 pm UTC

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"Salvation," by Langston Hughes, is actually a short excerpt from his autobiography, The Big Sea. Autobiography is generally considered a genre of nonfiction; it discusses real people and claims to...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017 3:56 am UTC

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A narrative hook is a literary device used at the beginning of a story to capture a reader’s attention. It is often an intentionally ambiguous but attention-grabbing sentence (or set of sentences)...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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In "Salvation" Hughes provides us with a frank and open account of his childhood loss of faith. He feels it is important to account for how and why this momentous event occurred. For many people,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 9:39 am UTC

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When approaching an assignment such as this, specifically one that specifies that you use 500 words, concise concepts will be important. This demands the utmost clarity in terms of your thesis...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 11:21 pm UTC

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Any discussion of salvation must also consider its opposite: loss or perdition. The undesirable alternative to finding absolution in the love of Christ is the relinquishing of one’s immortal soul...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 4:21 am UTC

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In the essay “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, he refers to a religious revival. He starts his essay with: I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved. It happened like...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 1:20 am UTC

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The short story Salvation by Langston Hughes is part of his extensive autobiographical work The Big Sea. It begins with Hughes telling the reader that the events described in this particular story...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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It depends on the boy, I'm sure. Some 12-year-olds are much more mature than others. In American culture, at risk of oversimplifying, we tend to view all children as completely lacking in...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2009 9:29 am UTC

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In "Salvation," Langston Hughes describes his experience of a Christian revival meeting which failed to have the expected effect on him. In this passage he describes the intense activity around him...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 8:53 pm UTC

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Langston Hughes starts his short story "Salvation" with a sentence followed by a fragment: I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved. His use of a fragment in...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 11:28 am UTC

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Dialogue, of course, contributes to the realistic impact of any piece of fiction, even a very brief story such as "Salvation." Here, the voices of both the clergyman and Hughes's aunt emphasize how...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020 8:14 pm UTC

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I would argue that young Langston made the wrong decision to be saved despite not seeing Jesus. First and foremost, it's insincere. Langston should only have stood up and proclaimed he'd seen the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 8:01 am UTC

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Langston Hughes’s story apparently takes place in a small US town, probably in Kansas or Illinois where he lived in childhood. The action occurs in a church during a revival meeting, which the...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020 9:43 pm UTC

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