What's the persona in Hughes' "Salvation"? And how to analyze the writer's analysis?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The persona offered in the essay "Salvation" is a reflective voice looking back on a child's experience with religion.  We know this because of the rumination offered about the experience at the revival, as well as the personalized details about the moments and the characterizations offered.  The adult persona is evident also in the conclusion, where Hughes talks about the night and child crying because of his loss of faith.  In terms of analyzing the writer's perspectives and ideas offered, the essay demonstrates an experience that views a childhood moment and extrapolates it to gain a better understanding about spirituality, expectations of others, and the notion of personal morality and choice.

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