Do Mr. Brocklehurst and St. John Rivers bully Jane by using her faith in God to control her?
I think they both try to manipulate Jane, when Mr. Brocklehurst incessantly calls Jane a terrible girl and tells her she must do good (and he gives her a book). Also, Rivers does the same by using Jane's faith so he can marry her.
I was wondering what other people think.
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In different ways both Mr Brocklehurst and St John Rivers try to control Jane through her faith in God. In a society which upheld unquestioning faith in God, Mr. Brocklehurst seems as if he is a prophet out of the Old Testament preaching hellfire and damnation. He tries to make Jane conform to what is expected of her by society, by making her afraid of the punishment that awaits her if she does not fall in line with these expectations. To an impressionable young mind, he must have seemed rather fearful.
St. John Rivers does not preach hell fire and damnation; but tries to make her feel that it is her christian duty to marry him and follow him to India as a missionary. Unlike Mr. Brocklehurst who is a hypocrite, St. John is sincere, and therefore his impact and influence all the more insidious. However Jane is able to resist both men, because of the strength of her own will as well as because of the impulses of her heart.
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