Enrique PiedraMs.BeraraAP English III20 December 2017Rhetorical Analysis of SalvationIn Langston Hughes narrative “Salvation” he utilizes rhetorical devices to deride and criticize structured religion.This short essay includes many instances of religious restoration for young thirteen year old Hughes. In his narrative he is quick to criticize his religious beliefs when he stated that he wasn’t, “really saved,” in the second sentence of the the essay. This further leads to the inconsistent understanding of religious restoration between the young and now adult Hughes. His impressive use of language and structure allows him to create an ironic and doubtful tone throughout his piece between the church and the reactions to those around him of the religious encounter he should be experiencing.Langston Hughes repeatedly uses “sinner” throughout the essay to ironically expose his church for its ideology. Langston takes use of this when he states that the ” hardened sinners” have been brought to Christ for their religious restoration, while it could be no clearer, that what he is trying to express is the fact of building the attendance for the church. This further creates a sense of only selfish gain for the church, which only leaves Hughes to doubt his religious beliefs even more seeing the motives of the church.The idiocy of the church is then revealed when Langston Hughes refers to himself including his friends as “young sinners.” Now this may seem fitting, being that they are supposedly going through a restoration of religion, but the words are oxymoronic. This is because ‘young’ is associated with innocence while a sinner a person who infringes on a divine law by committing immoral acts against humanity.Hughes later builds a satire between the experiences he was meant to have went through and the religious encounter the adults around him said her would have experienced, as stated by Hughes, “something happened to you inside! and Jesus came into your life! and God was with you from then on!” This statement was expressed ironically by Hughes, although his interpretation and expletives were then postponed when he was a child. This brings him to the conclusion that he would encounter no religious encounter, nor feel any connection to his deity.This demonstrate the disparity between guidance from scrutiny and observation.The satire still continues throughout his writing when he was finally one of the last two to be”saved” a boy states,”God damn! I’m tired o’ sitting here. Let’s get up and be saved.”This is parallel to the entire purpose of this essay being that he allows for his frustration of religion to coexist the the idea of being saved by it. He demonstrates how such ideologies are internally not only false for him but for Hughes as well. Not only this but when it was time for him to be saved, he continued to wait for a religious encounter, but to satisfy others around him he was to pretend an experience he will never understand due to his doubt. Furthermore, he continues to expose the false interpretations of his experiences from the satire of the reactions from the people around him. One of which was when there were “women leaping in the air” demonstrating how others were reacting to such a false experience that Hughes had had. Not only this but Langston Hughes makes the reader understand the almost cringy misinterpretation of his tears, as his family thought they were from him being saved, but rather they were from his lying and disbelief of his deity.Hughes had a very doubtful tone throughout his essay over religion that he supported with his own experiences of satire, from the misunderstood meaning behind his tears, and along with his exposing diction of the language used in such ironic ways within religion, the the use of ” hardened sinners.”He continues to later bash the “genuine” experiences of religious encounters to reinforce his perception of religion, as it is a idiotic, selfishly motivated organization aimed for member growth rather that the growth of one’s connection to their god.