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

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