Reading Log for Salvation by Langston Hughes
In our textbook, Real Essays with readings the fourth edition by Susan Anker, there is a narration essay called Salvation by Langston Hughes. Hughes was born, in Joplin, Missouri, he studied engineering at Columbia University but he dropped out and became a central figure in the Harlem renaissance. He was primarily known as a poet, and he was also a prolific writer of stories, plays, and essays. The narration essay is from his autobiography, The Big Sea (1940), and tells about his childhood struggle to fulfill others’ expectations while remaining true to his own ideas about being “saved.”
Hughes was a child that wanted to fulfill his Aunty expectations. He says in the first paragraph, “I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved. There was a big revival at my Auntie Reed’s church.” He describes how according to his Auntie a saved person looks or fills, “My Aunt told me that when you are saved you saw a light, and something happened to you inside! And Jesus came into your life! And God was with you from then on! She said you could see and hear and feel Jesus in your soul. I believed her.”Hughes describe the salvation process in paragraph four, “A great many old people came and knelt around us and prayed, old women with jet-black faces and braided hair, old men with work-gnarled hands. And the church sang a song about the lower lights are burning, some poor sinners to be saved.” He says in paragraph five, “Still I kept waiting to see Jesus.” He continues in to talk about to salvation process in paragraph six, “Finally all the young people had gone to the altar and were saved, but on boy and me. He was a rounder’s son named Westley. Westley and I were surrounded by sisters and deacons praying. It was very hot in the church, and getting late now. Finally Westley said to me in a whisper “God damn! I am tired o’ sitting here. Let’s get up and saved.” So he got up and...
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