What is the effect of the one-sentence paragraph in "Salvation," by Langston Huges?
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 direct the audience's attention to particularly salient points. This is especially true of one-sentence paragraphs, which serve to isolate one sentiment or viewpoint and render it more important than those that surround it.
This is the effect of the single-sentence paragraph in Langston Hughes' "Salvation." Isolated in this manner, the statement—"Still I kept waiting to see Jesus"—seems to condense the narration that precedes it to a singular point: yes, the congregation has been performative in its attentions to Christianity, but Hughes has not yet recognized Christ in its actions.
Hughes uses the single-sentence paragraph more than once. Whenever he chooses to isolate a line, the reader must interrogate its significance. Hughes places "So I got up" on its own as a paragraph; this signifies...
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How much time is represented the events in the story Salvation by Langston Huge? Where is time compressed? Where is it not?