Langston Hughes Salvation

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Salvation Langston Hughes’ short story “Salvation” shows how your mind can easily be persuaded into doing something due to pressure from your peers, or even pressure from people much older than you. The title is called “Salvation”, which means “A deliverance from the power and effects of sin.” So in reality, the title is contradicting itself because Langston never really saw Jesus in the way that everyone else thought that he did. Langston’s choice was based off of his own lack of patience to wait for Jesus, and because of that, he ended up suffering instead of learning more about Jesus. Although Langston didn’t really see Jesus, he still got up from the mourners bench because he felt as if everyone was waiting for him so they could leave. Before getting up, Langston thought about how Jesus didn’t punish Westley for lying about seeing him, so in his mind, he probably thought “What would be different about me lying also?” Unfortunately, this event caused Langston to feel ashamed of himself for lying and to somewhat turn his back on Jesus for not helping…show more content…
I believe he did this so he would be able to put down all of his feelings rather than having someone else explain them. Due to the fact that Langston told his own story, the feelings that the readers got were more legitimate. If another person were to write his story about the event, there would not be an accurate way to determine Langston’s feelings and actions during the event. For example, Langston stated “But I was really crying because I couldn't bear to tell her that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church, that I hadn't seen Jesus…” No one else knew the real reason why he was crying. His aunt and uncle believed he was crying because he saw Jesus. The real reason stayed unknown to everyone other than Langston himself. If someone told this story, there really would be no point because they wouldn’t know that Langston was never really
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