Hughes eventually published his first book when he was only 24.In addition to a lot of poetry, Hughes wrote essays and plays.
The people taking part in the revival come from the African-American community; including Hughes.
He states, “ Several old individuals came near us and took on to their knees and prayed,” (Hughes 31) emphasis being on the phrase “jet-black faces” as the description of the crowd.
Therefore, Hughes uses the element of symbolism to illustrate his childhood experience with the Christian doctrine in regards to collectivity.
As stated earlier, in ‘Salvation’, Langston Hughes uses the element of symbolism in regards to color and collectivity in illustrating his childhood experience with the Christian doctrine.
He states, “"The entire flock prayed for me , in a huge moan of sighs and singings."” (Hughes 32).
Hughes shows that the whole congregation acted as a single force instead of the actions rising from an individual impetus. Another symbolic aspect regarding color is the revival taking place at night, when it was dark, and that the salvation process is regarded as bringing people to the light.Hughes explains that his aunt told him that when an individual experienced salvation, something took place in their bodies such that Jesus became part of their lives (Hughes 31).“Salvation” by Langston Hughes is a part of his autobiography found in the third chapter of his memoir, The Big Sea.It’s a short narrative on a significant part of Hughes’ childhood as a Christian whereby it gives a description of a religious service that is taking place in an African-American church that sees the need for an individual to be ‘born again’ as a basic requirement for salvation.Still on color symbolism, the children are being referred to as lambs in various parts of the text.A good example is Hughes statement that “”to bring the young lambs to the fold."” (Hughes 31) in explaining the gathering of children into a small meeting for them to be ‘born again’.It may be perceived that the salvation experience for Hughes was ironical as he did not actually convert into Christianity but rather into atheism as he states, “and that now I didn't believe there was a Jesus anymore” (Hughes 32). He cries for deceiving the church that he had seen Jesus while in the real sense he did that to prevent more trouble. Furthermore, individuals that are not saved are considered to be sinners.In “Salvation”, Langston Hughes uses the element of symbolism to illustrate his childhood experience with the Christian doctrine in regards to color and collectivity.