Jane Eyre Journal Entries

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Journal Entry #1
“I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already rendered me liable to strange penalties, and, like any other rebel slave, I felt resolved, in my desperation, to go all lengths.” –--

-Chapter 2, page 6

Reaction: Being really young, her sudden decision was a poor choice.

Response: She’s still very young, and needs to experience more of life in order to make better decisions. Have logic and not be fooled by only emotions.

Explanation: With the allegations she was being accused with she felt like she had nothing to lose, so she fought with no care for the consequences.

Journal Entry #2

“It is not violence that best overcomes hate-nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.”

-Chapter 6, page 61

Reaction: It’s shocking how someone can just let all their feelings go without caring.

Response: She knows she’ll be at ease with herself if she becomes the better person and forgives.

Explanation: Violence and hate is not a resolution. Sometimes forgiving is the best way to let go of the past.

Journal Entry #3

“‘You will come to the same region of happiness: be received by the same mighty, universal Parent, no doubt, dear Jane. Again I questioned, but this time only in thought. ‘Where is that region? Does it exist?” - Chapter 9, page 124

Reaction: It was kind of sad seeing how an eight year old little girl can lose all faith in the world, other, and also herself.
Response: This shows the effects of the mistreatment from Aunt Reed and her family. Also, the love she never got from them and always needed.

Explanation: After all the mistreatment she is left with no hope in the world and with no one to trust.

Journal Entry #4

“It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.”
- Chapter 12, page 167

Reaction: This quote sticks out more than others because of the bold emotion being showed. This really gives an insight on why Jane does what she does and why.
Response: I find it weird on what people do for entertainment
Explanation: Jane Eyre was tired and bored of getting into a rhythm of things. She left to face new obstacles and for a change of settings.

Journal Entry #5

“When I heard this, I was beginning to feel a strange chill and failing at the heart. I was actually permitting myself to experience a sickening sense of disappointment; but rallying my wits, and recollecting my principles, I at once called my sensations to order; and it was wonderful how I got over the temporary blunder—how I cleared up the mistake of supposing Mr. Rochester’s movements a matter in which I had any cause to take a vital interest.”

- Chapter 17, page 246

Reaction: It was kind of funny and felt kind of childish on how Jane reacted to the feelings of Rochester.
Response: Jane was sudden to realize or put the idea in her head that what she feels for Rochester cannot be, and decides to forget about it.
Explanation: Jane Eyre hopes that a man, wealthy and handsome like Mr. Rochester, can Love a simple poor women like her.

Journal Entry #6

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”
- Chapter 23, page 294

Reaction: I thought that this quote shows Jane’s nature. Even when she was a child she always referred herself as a rebel and that she had no master. I was impressed that after all those years she had not changed her way of thinking.

Response: Jane’s rebellious nature could lead her to being closed off to people and love.
Explanation: Jane is afraid of ever being in the same position she was at Gateshead and is reminding herself that she can no longer be held “captive.”

Journal Entry #7

“‘You are a beauty in my eyes and a beauty just after the desire of my heart,—delicate and aerial.’ ‘Puny and insignificant, you mean. You are...
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