“I felt good and all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life, and I knowed I could pray now. But I didn't do it straight off, but laid the paper down and set there thinking - thinking how good it was all this happened so, and how near I come to being lost and going to hell.” (Page 234)

This quote shows what Huck (and most Southerners) thought about black people. Huck was convinced that he was going to Hell because he was travelling and helping Jim escape. Huck feels good about turning Jim in even though Jim has been a closer friend to Huck than anyone else. However, society’s influence over Huck led him to believe that treating black people like humans would send him to Hell, which shows how many people’s own beliefs took precedence over what their religion actually preaches.