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Many characters face imprisonment in the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens This essay explores those imprisonments be they literal or figurative Keep still you little devil or Ill cut your throat A fearful man all in coarse grey with a great iron on his leg Early on in the novel Great Expectations Dickens introduces the concept of imprisonment a theme that is subtly intertwined throughout the story In this first part the man who is speaking is imprisoned by his leg iron The person being spoken to is imprisoned by the threats of the other Pip the protagonist of Great Expectations and also the person being threatened in the above quote suffers from imprisonment on a day to day basis As a child he has a frightening encounter with an escaped convict He carries the imprisonment of the many lies and secrets he must keep to himself as a result of this experience As an adolescent he has to suffer the imprisonment of his social class He routinely laments about his chosen career as a blacksmith since Estella looks down upon his for it Pips prisons are the ones that affect the tone of the book the most Estella suffers from various prisons as well Miss Havisham is an obvious one Miss Havisham totally controls all the thought processes in Esteems head Estella is brainwashed to have no heart In this way Estella is also her own prison Her inability to feel emotions ultimately leads to her downfall She marries Bentley Drummle because he does not expect her to feel anything towards him Unfortunately the marriage is an unpleasant and abusive one Miss Havisham is in the most torturous prison of all because it eventually ends up taking her life Ever since she received that fated letter from her fianc at twenty to nine calling off the wedding she has never seen the light of day She stops all the clocks in her
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