Why is Ezekial the most religious character in Lyddie?

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That's a very good question. One could argue that Ezekiel Abernathy, the runaway slave, is the most religious character in the story because he needs to have hope.

Although other characters like Lyddie find themselves in dire straits, for Ezekiel, it's much worse. Lyddie and the other girls in the...

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That's a very good question. One could argue that Ezekiel Abernathy, the runaway slave, is the most religious character in the story because he needs to have hope.

Although other characters like Lyddie find themselves in dire straits, for Ezekiel, it's much worse. Lyddie and the other girls in the factory may be trapped in poverty, but at least they have the choice of working elsewhere. Ezekiel doesn't have that choice. He's a slave, and so he must work wherever and whenever his slave master tells him. Under the circumstances, it's no wonder that he should place his trust in God, as trusting other people seems way too risky.

That said, Ezekiel trusts Lyddie, as he knows that she's a good person who will do whatever it takes to help him escape. But ultimately he sees his fate as being in God's hands. Good folk like Lyddie are the proximate cause of Ezekiel's being able to escape to a new life of freedom in Canada, but it is the Almighty himself who is the final cause, as it were, the one who made it all happen. Lyddie herself believes in God, but Ezekiel, in his much more precarious predicament, has much greater need of him and his guidance.

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