What Is the Significance of Miss Temple and Helen Burns in ‘Jane Eyre’?

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Jane arrives at Lowood as a passionate little girl, who is deeply resentful of her aunt and cousins, but through the influence of Helen Burns and Miss Temple, Jane learns to control her feelings, and be comfortable, "I had given in allegiance to duty and order...I believed I was content...I appeared a disciplined and a subdued character". Miss Temple acts as a strong role model to Jane, and holds the qualities which Jane aspires to have: kindness, sensitivity to suffering of others and is determination to eradicate injustice, "I had imbibed from her something of her nature and much of her habits". Miss Temple is the compassionate and non-discriminatory superintendent of Lowood School, who plays an important role in the emotional development of Jane. She is one of the first people Jane meets when she arrives at Lowood. The initial description of her carrying a lamp is symbolic that Miss Temple is a saintly figure who encourages Jane throughout Lowood. “An individual carrying a light entered”. For the duration of Jane's stay at Lowood, Miss Temple frequently demonstrates her human kindness and empathy for the girls. Her Christianity contrasts with that of Mr Brocklehurst, where instead of preaching restrictive and depressing policies, Miss Temple encourages the girls by "precept and example". After Mr Brocklehurst announces to the whole school that Jane is a liar, she proves that Jane has not been lying, “completely cleared of every imputation”. Miss Temple displays her natural instinct to create justice, before accepting what Mr Brocklehurst has said, she asks Jane and when Jane drops the slate she stands up for her, “Don’t be afraid Jane…you shall not be punished”. Miss Temple's treatment of Helen also has an influence on Jane. Jane has a great admiration for Miss Temple, and in many ways imitates her behaviour. Miss Temple's treatment of Helen shows Jane
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