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After reading Salvation by Langston Hughes, I have a mixed feeling of confusion and agreement. Right at the beginning of this writing, Langston already confuses me by saying I was saved from sin when I was g

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Ngoc Hoang Joan Petrusky English 101-093 29 September 2010 Reaction to "Salvation" by Langston Hughes After reading "Salvation" by Langston Hughes, I have a mixed feeling of confusion and agreement. Right at the beginning of this writing, Langston already confuses me by saying " I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen. But not really saved". Why was he "saved but not really saved"? It has made me think a lot but I still couldn't give an answer to this question. Then Langston begins to talk about his first time joining the revival at his aunt's church. She told Langston that he will be "saved" when he sees a light and Jesus comes into his life. ...read more.

Middle

I guess since I am brought up in a Buddhist family, I barely know about God, Jesus and salvation. That's why I'm getting confused. In my opinion, this young little boy wanted to literally see Jesus and a light. It would be a magical thing for a child. Langston simply wants to show us how the way of thinking of a concept of things of a child is different from an adult. His aunt should have fully explained things to him. In the next paragraph, there is boy who is left behind with Langston when the others step up and are saved. Later, he loses his patience and gets up even though he doesn't believe. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the last paragraph, he talks about how he felt after the revival at the church. He couldn't sleep and kept crying. His aunt thought he was crying because he had seen Jesus. But in fact, he cried because he had sinned. He had deceived everyone. This results in his belief that Jesus does not exist because Jesus did not help him. As a little boy, Langston couldn't fully get what his aunt said before the revival. Neither do I since I have a different religion. If I were in his position, I would do the same thing. And I still have no idea when he said "saved but not really saved". It is quite confusing for me. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hoang 1 ...read more.

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