How does Mr.Brocklehurt's attitude towards goodness different from Helen Burns

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Mr. Brocklehurst is one of the villains of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. He is the head of Lowood, a charity boarding school Jane attends, and a strict evangelical. He argues that poverty, suffering, and austerity are part of following in the path of Christ for pupils at...

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Mr. Brocklehurst is one of the villains of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. He is the head of Lowood, a charity boarding school Jane attends, and a strict evangelical. He argues that poverty, suffering, and austerity are part of following in the path of Christ for pupils at the school, but he lives in luxury and pampers his children with luxuries, suggesting that he is both a hypocrite in not practicing what he preaches and corrupt in lining his own pockets with funds that should have gone to support the students at Lowood. He is harsh and arrogant, selecting and citing Bible verses but lacking the virtues of charity and compassion. He sees goodness as a matter of following rules legalistically.

Helen Burns, on the other hand, is a genuinely Christ-like figure, bearing suffering with quiet faith and good temper and, despite her own suffering, always displaying kindness and compassion to others. She views obedience as a spirit of meekness and acceptance, and sees rules, Biblical or civil, as less important than faith and charity.

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In Jane Eyre, it seems Bronte has a proclivity for drawing characters who are the antithesis  of each other such as St. Rivers and Mr. Rochester, Helen and Brocklehurst. Helen Burns, the long-suffering saint of a girl is goodness itself while Mr. Brocklehurst is wickedness itself hiding under a cloak of religious sanctimony not unlike the Dickens's characters of Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney, who feign solicitude for the orphaned children.

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Mr. Brocklehurst's attitude is sharply lambasted by Bronte in this book. He thinks goodness is all about doing what you are told and shutting up. The one link that we can draw between his view of goodness and Helen's view of goodness is that it involves being passive and not fighting against what fate has for you. This is something that Jane finds very hard to stomach.

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Helen Burns demonstrates her attitude of kindness by being kind. She is actually very nice to Jane, and is a model of pure, selfless goodness. Mr. Brocklehurtlehurt, on the other hand, believes that goodness is a trait required of others, and he does not possess it nor practice it.
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Mr. Brocklehurst is a hypocrite whose sense of goodness emphasizes following strict but shallow rules, obeying orders, and being more concerned with external appearances than with the true spirit of goodness. He imposes rules on others rather than exemplifying much genuine goodness himself. Helen is just the opposite.

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