Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a story about an orphaned girl that lived with her aunt and cousins, until one day after being bullied and locked, she is sent to a religious boarding school, named Loowod Institute where she meets Helen Burns and finds her first real friend, Helen Burns. Helen dies after a brief friendship with Jane but she makes a real impact in Jane's character.
Jane Eyre is a girl that tries to blend in as a wallflower but she has a strong character, she evolves with every event in her life, she analyzes every situation that happens to her, and has a strong sense for justice due to the abuse she suffered as a child; in Loowod, Jane founds her first friend Helen Burns, even though they are the same age Helen acts as a teacher to Jane because of her advanced knowledges; Helen is a role model to Jane and even after her dead Jane manages to survive and study hard so she finally becomes a teacher and later a governess.
Helen Burns is a devoted religious girl, who dreams about finding her place in Heaven and trusts God with blind faith, she is caring, compassionate and has a developed intellectual maturity for her age.
Helen Burns acts as a foil to Jane, because her submissive character and blind faiths highlights Jane's strong character, while Helen dreams about finding her place and love in Heaven, Jane dreams about finding love and a home in this world, Helen's philosophy towards justice is that God is the only one that has the power to judge, so she turns the other cheek when girls bully her, and while Jane is amazed by Helen's attitude she is not able to adopt it.