Honors Freshman English
January 9, 2014
What Would Jesus Do?
In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte the character of Jane is compared to Helen in many ways, a major one being their response to being treated wrongly. When taking both of them into consideration, their thoughts are shared. Both feel that wrong-doers are not behaving appropriately. Both Helen and Jane feel this way when it comes to Mr. Brocklehurst and his treatment to the young ladies at Lowood. However, Jane believes that people should be punished for their wrongs. She does this when reacting to John by charging at him after he draws blood when throwing a book at her. The young lady feels that if people are treated as they treat others, then their actions will improve morally. On the opposite side of the spectrum is wise Helen Burns. Helen strongly believes that life must be taken with a grain of salt. “It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you: and, besides the Bible bids us return good for evil”(Bronte 58). Helen strongly wills Jane to see things from her view. On a daily basis, Helen is humiliated and abused but she stays silent and dignified. She follows in the footsteps of Jesus while doing this. Helen repents herself from hatred just as the son of God did, in this, her devotion to the teachings of Jesus is shown. In conclusion, the actions of Jane are led by recompense while the actions of Helen are led by religion, creating a wide variation in morality.
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