Chapter 1 Narration
A Bruce R. Schwartz film based on Langston Hughes’s autobiography 55 minutes
"I was saved from sin when I was going on 13. But not really saved. It happened like
this . . "
So begins this powerful dramatization of "Salvation," Langston Hughes' eloquent
autobiographical story which illustrates how his aunt's well-meaning efforts to bring
him into the spiritual fold resulted in a moral crisis. Calmly waiting for Jesus to
appear in the hot, crowded church, young Langston anticipation changes to confusion
and disillusion when pressured to choose between being true to himself or fulfilling
the expectations of the preacher, his aunt, and the rest of the congregation (30 minutes).
*to bring the young lambs to the fold
to bring the young children to Christ and into the membership of the church
Holy SpiritIn mainstream Christianity, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is one of the three divine
Disillusion—distroy the pleasant but mistaken beliefs or ideas of sb 醒悟；
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
Preconceptions are almost always trouble in this life, but often disastrous in a
religious context, especially when children naively take on adult beliefs at an age
when they usually do not question their elders.
Preconception—opinion formed in advance and not based on experience or
Langston Hughes' 'Salvation' / Disillusionment
The conflict between Langston's expectations of what would happen at the revival
meeting and his aunt's expectations for him caused his ultimate disillusionment.
Why does Hughes cry when he gets back to his room? How does his
aunt react? How can the title of this essay be seen as ironic?
What salvation occurs?
takes place in the rural Midwest, just about at the start of World War
I. Do some research about revival meetings and preaching going on
at that time in that area. How did your research project deepen your
understanding of the essay?
I. Do some research about revival meetings and preaching
at that time in that area. How did your research project deepen
understanding of the essay?
Here is Hughes's influential poem "Dream Deferred" in etext. Can you find the
phrase A Raisin in the Sun anywhere else online?
…on its emotionally straining promise that he would see Jesus. However, he seems
almost as disappointed in himself because he lied to his Aunt as he is that his Aunt
appears to have lied to him. It is also an indictment of the hypocrisy of many of the
members of the church who joined the church just to please those watching.
Langston Hughes was put in a dilemma position where to please the people around
him have to step into there beliefs. This paper is the property of freeforessays.com
Langston Hughes' 'Theme for English B' / 'Coloredness'
The paper looks particularly at the difference between the stark dictionary definition
of the word 'colored' and how it functions for Hughes as a badge of inferiority placed
on him by white people.
Modernism In African-American Poetry
A 5 page analysis and research paper which examines three representative poems
from leaders of the Harlem Renaissance to illustrate the principle of modernism in
black poetry. These poems are: 'Mulatto' by Langston Hughes; 'Incident' by Countee
Cullen; and 'He was a man' by Sterling Brown. The writer first discusses what
experts have said regarding the definition of modernism and then examines how
these statements can be applied to each poem.
The poems are 'Dream Deferred' (also known as 'Harlem') and 'The Negro Speaks
of Rivers.' In discussing these poems the paper illustrates the realities that they all
share, which is essentially the notion of dreams and harsh realities that kill those
dreams, in relationship to the African American race. They are also all dreams that
inherently speak of strength in the face of those harsh realities.