Religion plays several different roles throughout the book. Though on the plantation, many of the slaves do not know how to read, slaves turn to the bible and its ideals to gain a sense of “freedom” and equality they did not find on earth. Anna and her family attended what were equivalent to church services, and even in freedom, religion plays a subtle, but key role in Anna’s life. The book also opens the door to view the use of religion in another light. On the plantation, the slave master felt it necessary to use the bible as a justification for his deeds, and what he called his “superiority” to the black race.