Jane comes into her own as a person at Lowood, despite the horrific conditions of the school. For the first time, she is in a place where she is not made out to be a burden. Jane is given the chance to gain an education and find a way to contribute to the world. She later becomes a teacher at the school, gathering the experience she will need when she starts work as a governess.
Most importantly, Jane undergoes intense moral and spiritual evolution at Lowood. Her friendship with Helen Burns teaches her the importance of patience and faith in God. Despite her suffering and ill treatment, Helen remains faithful to God until her dying breath. Jane was unsure about God's benevolence until that point, and she asks Helen on Helen's deathbed, "You are sure, Helen, that there is such a place as heaven; and that our souls can get to it when we die?" Helen reaffirms her belief in a loving God, something which brings comfort to the lonely, often unloved Jane.
Later in the novel, Jane's faith, begun...
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