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Jane Eyre is a novel that presents many views on religion through its various characters Charlotte Bronte successfully employs several characters throughout the novel who each have a distinct view on religion specifically Christianity These characters include Mr Brocklehurst Eliza Reed Helen Burns St John Rivers Jane and Mr Rochester Some of these characters practice the strictness aspect of Christianity while others believe in duty and works and the remaining few are actual true Christians There are many people in this world who take verses from the Bible out of context and abide by strict rules that they interpret as the right thing to do A prime example of this kind of person is Mr Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre He wishes his girls to be the children of grace and wants their appearance as plain and simple as can be On page 76 he says I have a master to serve whose kingdom is not of this world my mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh to teach them to clothe themselves with shame-facedness and sobriety However just as he was lecturing the girls about this his own daughters walked in in velvet and silk and wearing furs This shows that he was a hypocrite as he was ordering his students to dress plainly in accordance with what he thought God said while his own daughters came in dressed fashionably with an appearance that was entirely opposite to what he was preaching Somewhat related to the strictness issue is the issue of duty and works This characteristic is displayed by St John Rivers as he is willing to sacrifice others as well as himself For example he gave up the woman he loved Rosamond Oliver because he thought she would not make a good missionarys wife This is shown on page 408 when St John refused to go with Rosamond Not to-night Miss Rosamond not to-night and it
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