|Salvation (Langston Hughes)
Saved From Innocence
In most people’s lives, there comes a point in time where their perception changes abruptly; a single moment in their life when they come to a sudden realization. In Langston Hughes’ “Salvation”, contrary to all expectations, a young Hughes is not saved by Jesus, but is saved from his own innocence.
“Salvation” is the story of a young boy who has an experience of revelation. While attending a church revival, he comes to the sudden realization that Jesus will not physically come save him.
In the first three sentences of the essay, the speaker adopts a very childlike style. He makes use of simple words and keeps the sentences short, similar in style to that of an early aged teenager. But since the text is written in the past tense and the narrator mentions that he was “going on thirteen” (181), we know the speaker is now older. After reading a little further, we find that the style becomes more complex, with a more...