'Oh, madam, when you put bread and cheese, instead of burnt porridge into these children's mouths, you may indeed feed their vile bodies, but you little think how you starve their immortal souls!'
~Mr. Brocklehurst in Bronte's Jane Eyre, page 75.
'I am sure there is a future state; I believe God is good; I can resign my immortal part to him without any misgiving. God is my father; God is my friend: I love him; I believe he loves me.'
~Helen in Bronte's Jane Eyre, page 95.
It's interesting how Bronte included different views of religion: the fire and brimstone view and the loving view.
Mr. Brocklehurst is definitely used to get the fire and brimstone view across. His ideals promote neglect and abuse to promote discipline. He goes to the extreme in thinking that no one matters on earth. He creates a living hell at the school. His character definitely gets the point across that this extremist view can be harmful.
Many characters exemplify the loving view. One of these characters is Helen. Unlike Brocklehurst, she doesn't look at God in a fearful way. She looks to Him in the way that the Bible suggests. She, a child, understands the message better than the grown man does.