Epiphany In Langston Hughes's 'Salvation'

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“Salvation” is a short story by Langston Hughes describing a boy when he discovered a significant truth about faith and religion. The last paragraph of “Salvation” functions as an epiphany for the boy. An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization. It can also mean the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. This event helps shape the boy’s religious understanding far differently from what his Aunt Reed believes. According to his aunt, a light appears if you are saved from sin, and something happens inside of you. The boy hears adults mentioning the same light, which further leads him to believe his aunt. He is the last child in the church along with a boy named Westley to not see the light.
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