After Miss Havisham is betrayed on her wedding day, she isolates herself from the outside world in her grand, unchanging manor, Satis House, with her adopted daughter, Estella. Estella acts as a bridge for Miss Havisham and the outside world. The house, in many ways, is comparable to an actual prison. When Pip initially arrives at Satis House, he is greeted by the young Estella, and notices the great front entrance had "two chains across it" (Dickens 51) as if preventing entry to and exit from the house. After entering the house through a side door, "the first thing [Pip] noticed was that the passages were all dark" (Dickens 51) and there was "no glimpse of dayl...
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... she is doing is cruel and continues to selfishly use Estella as a tool to break men’s hearts.
Being jilted at the altar on her wedding day, Miss Havisham plummets into a life of desolation, despair, and anger. Her suffering causes her to never leave her home and never interact with the outside world again, creating a physical prison. Her inability to let go of the past causes her to constantly remember her heartbreak, creating a mental prison. Lastly, her heartbreak causes her to develop a hatred of men which results in her using Estella to break men’s hearts just to please her, creating an emotional prison. Ultimately, Miss Havisham's imprisonment physically, mentally, and emotionally brings herself and the others around her much strife, pain, and suffering.
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. Ed. Edgar Rosenberg. New York: Norton, 1999.
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