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“Salvation” by Langston Hughes Comprehension 1. Why does Hughes entitle his essay “Salvation”? In what sense is the essay about and not about salvation – and salvation from what? How would you state, in your own words, the thesis that emerges from the title and the essay? 2. Who is the narrator? Of what significance is this point of view? 3. How does Westley’s attitude differ from the narrator’s? Is Westley more realistic and less gullible, or is he simply more callous and less sensitive than the narrator? Explain. 4. The narrator holds out to the last minute and finally submits to being saved. What is his motive for finally giving in? 5. How does Hughes recount the revival meeting he attended? What is the dominant impression? 6. Explain Hughes’s shifting attitude toward salvation in the essay. Why is he disappointed in the religious answers provided by his church? What does he say about salvation in the last paragraph?
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