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Imprisonment and captivity are both activities that when are accepted literally allow a person to repent for what they have done wrong. Fantastic Expectations is a novel where Charles Dickens utilizes the subject of imprisonment and captivity to help the reader better their exploration of his characters. Such exploration enables the reader to comprehend why and how the characters have been imprisoned and gives insight into their characters. Some of the characters are imprisoned and get a chance to think about the unhappy things they've done that set them in prison. Others which are figuratively imprisoned do not automatically understand they're also committing wretched acts, which affect themselves and others, till it is too late. Throughout his novel, Dickens uses the theme of imprisonment and captivity, both literally and figuratively, and in doing so makes the figurative imprisonment and captivity have a better impact on the lives of these characters. When first meeting Miss Havisham, the reader learns that she is not only cruel, but also driven to seek out revenge on guys. As the novel progresses the reader learns that her vengeance is a result of her imprisonment by her previous. Miss Havisham always wears a dirty, old, ragged brideвЂ™s apparel and sits in a room in which the table is set for a feast using a filthy, old, ragged table-cloth. In addition, all of the clocks are stopped to commemorate time on her wedding day after she received a letter out of her fiancГ© вЂњwhich she received when she was dressing for her marriage? Only twenty minutes to nine at which she later stopped all the clocks [and it heartlessly broke the marriage offвЂќ (182). After Miss Havisham is deserted by her fiancГ©, she imprisons herself into her house, nev.. .