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Salvation by Langston Hughes and Conversion of the Jews by Philip Roth are about the struggle of a young generation that is trying to fit itself into a framework of beliefs that belong to their family and their community

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Larisa Knyazeva Professor Hile English 2 05 November 2005 Non-believers "Salvation" by Langston Hughes and "Conversion of the Jews" by Philip Roth are about the struggle of a young generation that is trying to fit itself into a framework of beliefs that belong to their family and their community. The two main characters found themselves knowing that you don't belong to the religious community. Religion is supposed to save people and is not meant to be used as a tool of influence. People are supposed to be able to make their own decisions they want. These essays are trying to send a message to religious leaders of the world who try to influence believes of the young generation. Based on definition in the dictionary the word religion is described as a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. It is based on a personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship. ...read more.

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Ozzie has obvious love for his religion. Several times he stands up to Rabbi Binder in order to get the answers to his questions about religion. However, the biggest proof of his interest in the topic comes when he screams at Rabbi Binder, claiming that the Rabbi doesn't know anything about God. Ozzie takes his religion very seriously, and has a deep appreciation for it. In the second story "Salvation" the main character was willing to believe in Jesus, he was waiting for him to show up at the church. To the little boy the believe was based on seeing it for himself, and after everybody told him he will see Jesus, he was horrified to admit that he didn't. Hughes was upset and sad. The church environment persuades the children attending the service to believe the words of the preacher. It is very easy to influence and convince children in many ways. The situation young Hughes is put in seems like brainwash. ...read more.

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Looking at everything with a childish view Ozzie didn't think of consequences. Though he has his rebellious ways, Ozzie is not a bad kid. As Ozzie succeeded in his task, he realized that his faith won't be the same as before. These two boys grew up in the religious environment. They were brought up by the standards of their community leader. But even thought, the change in beliefs and opinions brought these boys to the same conclusion. They decided to take a different path which would like them out of the religious non-sense that it teaches. Those without faith can certainly be good person. Not everyone is has it in his/her character to challenge set of views that you grow up with. These boys did and they became non-believers. Workcited Hughes, Langston. "Salvation". Essays: Portable Anthology. Ed. Samuel Cohen. Bedford/St. Martin's Boston 2004 Roth, Philip. "The Conversion of the Jews". The Story and its Writers: An Introduction to Short Fiction. Ed. Ann Charters 6th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's Boston 2003 "Christianity." Dictionary Reference. Online. 6 November 2005 (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=christianity) "Religion." Dictionary Reference. Online. 6 November 2005 (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=religion%20) 1 Knyazeva ...read more.

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