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It is important to read Jane Eyre and A Picture of Dorian Gray in order to catch the subtle messages about the importance of individual morality Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte provides readers with a message that morality is a manner of acting rather than speaking Bronte uses satire to illustrate how religion preached but not followed is useless The first example of this comes while Jane is at Gateshead God will punish her he might strike her dead in the midst of her tantrums Bessie tells Mrs Abbot of Jane The servants and all the residents of Gateshead make empty judgments of Jane Next Mr Brocklehearst provides a powerful example of preach devoid of practice Mr Brocklehearst is a hypocrite- living in luxury while forcing the residents of Lowood to lives simple Christian lives Brocklehearst belittles and humiliates his students all the time giving them lessons on the bible Jane is unable to find religion for herself at Lowood in the wake of such hypocrisies Helen Burns provides the first example of true Christian morality in Janes life for the first time It is Helens teachings that frame Janes adult morality Helen tells Jane to live a Christ like existence and to be kind to those who are unkind to her Bronte 55While Jane does not immediately put this theory into practice in her adult life she finds herself facing rudeness and adversity and brushes it off gracefully She does not get offended or flustered by Rochesters initial intimidation of her She returns to Gateshead to sit by the bed of her cruel Aunt at her death She has learned what it is to be truly moral and unselfish By learning this sort of purer morality Jane is able to distinguish better what her own moral code is This helps her later in the novel when St John urges her to give up her own desires in order to be a missionary and
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