Does Phyllis Wheatley use religious references to warn her readers about slavery and sin and its repercussions?

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Her audience was assumingly also familiar with the bible because of the religious references used. The bible was used as a reference because of its accessibility. Wheatley uses religious references to subversively warn her readers about slavery and its repercussions and to challenge her reader's morals...
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America is seen in her eyes as the land of errors because of slavery. Wheatley is acknowledging right off the bat that slavery is wrong. Wheatley then goes on and references the "Egyptian gloom" which is italicized. The italicization forces the readers to focus and reflect on "Egyptian" and it's possible Smith-Joseph 2 meaning...
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