Salvation--Langston Hughes

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Growing up, we are faced with many pressures. Many of the pressures may give us an uneasy feeling and result in poor judgements or decisions. If there is reassurance of a fulfilling outcome, we are more likely to go along with it in hopes of bettering our own life. When things do not go as planned, we are let down and sometimes left feeling lost and confused. In the essay, Salvation, Langston Hughes is recalling how he gave into conformity at a church revival and in turn, found himself feeling both frustrated and disappointed.

The onset of frustration began when Hughes' Aunt Reed wanted him to conform to Christianity. Hughes, tired of his aunt nagging about going to a revival to be saved, finally went along with her to be saved at church. As he sat at the mourner's bench he became disappointed in himself; he was not seeing the images nor feeling Jesus within him as his aunt had explained it to him. He was told that when he was saved he would "see a light, and something would happen to him inside! And Jesus would come into his life! And God would be with him from then on!" (209

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