There were a few things in particular that struck me about Mary Prince’s joining of the church and connection to religion. In contrast to Equiano’s conversion – which was loaded with rhetoric and seemed almost another way to further his societal progression – Mary Prince’s attraction to the church seems fueled by the solemnity it offers her. In saying that I mean at first she was more attracted to the church as a welcome respite from her horrific slave life. The church also offered her the only form of education that had ever known. Those are both understandable reasons for her to be drawn to the Moravian Church, however, I couldn’t help but notice that shortly after her account of her first finding the church that she was instilled with some sort of fear of sin and god. She doesn’t go into it too deeply, but I kept getting the feeling that she was kind of being taken advantage of by the church. She continually states “I found out that I was a great sinner, I was very sorely grieved, and very much frightened” (18). What serious sins could someone so exploited by the system of slavery have possibly committed that she needed someone else to tell her so? Is she not instilled with some sort of natural morality as most humans are where she can tell right from wrong? I would think that after going through what she does she would not need the religion of her abusers to indicate right from wrong. It is almost like they teased her by educating her just enough so that natural human curiosity pulled her in but no so much as they would lose the intellectual power they held over her. She becomes so taken with her new-found religion that she will not marry her husband until he converts to her church. This just struck a nerve with me as I felt she should have been empowered from her education to come to an understanding of how this societal machine had used her and spit her out, but instead taken advantage of further.