Langston Hughes 'Story Salvation'

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In Langston Hughes’ story, “Salvation”, he is a young boy growing up in his aunt Reed’s religious household. Hughes talks about a personal experience that is related to religion and his interpretation of it when he was a child. He questions the understanding of this belief system that his aunt has been into and within the story, Langston Hughes is suddenly dropped into a difficult position for a youngster. When his auntie Reed decided to take him to a religious recital one night to be saved by Jesus, she told him that when you see a light and feel something inside, that is when you know Jesus has come into your life. As any kid would, Hughes processed that literally, and when the night came, Hughes ended up as the last person on the bench…show more content…
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