ENG125 Wk 4 Nonfiction

ENG125 Wk 4 Nonfiction - Running head: NONFICTION REACTION...

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Running head: NONFICTION REACTION PAPER 1 Nonfiction Reaction Paper Literature in Society ENG125
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Nonfiction Reaction Paper Reading nonfiction is a different experience from reading fiction. With fiction you expect the story to be intriguing and possibly filled with drama, suspense, and unexpected twists. Nonfiction can be as thrilling as fiction but most times nonfiction is based on personal accounts and experiences which can be downright boring if not written correctly. After going over the selections made available this week I chose two works that spoke to me personally. Langston Hughes’ Salvation and Joan Didion’s On Going Home. Both stories talk about personal experiences and although they differ both I can relate to. Langston Hughes’ Salvation is a story about his youth. His changing from a boy to a young man and the disappointment associated with that change. He describes the days leading up to his visit to the church his Auntie Reed attends where he thinks he is going to actually see Jesus and then describes the events of what actually happens in the church. While Hughes is telling his story he uses several strategies. He describes the setting of the church. It is hot and he is made to sit at the front of the church on the mourner’s bench with the other young people. What helps the story is how detailed he is when describing the atmosphere of the church and the people. He speaks of the sermon given by the preacher and how those in the hot church reacted to his words. He gives special attention to describing those who surround him, “…old women with jet-black faces and braided hair, old men with work-gnarled hands” (Barnet, Cain, & Burto, 2005, p. 351). He tells of how the preacher speaks to them, how little girls immediately went to Jesus and cried and how others like him just sat, waiting. Langston Hughes foreshadows in the beginning of his story saying “My aunt told me that when you were saved you saw a light, and something happened to you inside… she said you could see and hear and feel Jesus in your soul” (Barnet et al., 2005, p. 351). Because of these
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