According to the essay, 12-year-old Langston is brought to church for a large revival where people can let go of their sins and be saved by God.
It is worth noting that during the beginning of the 20th century, revivals were quite popular when compared to the current world.
They provided platforms for people to meet, be prayed for and obtain deliverance from their ‘sinful’ ways (Fisher 22).
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.
He continued writing until he died from complications of cancer when he was just 65.
''Salvation,'' a chapter from The Big Sea, Langston Hughes' memoir, describes the author's experience at a revival, where he went in as a young boy who believed in God and left completely bereft of faith.
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).
From a Christian perspective, Jesus is often associated with a lamb without blemish and most of the times, the lamb is considered to be white in color.
From Hughes’ narration, the salvation or the assimilation of the African-Americans into Christianity depicts the assimilations of the people into the white community.