1984--In Orwell's novel, Winston Smith (the protagonist ) is eventually arrested and confined in a literal prison. However, he spends much of the novel being imprisoned by fear of and enslavement to Big Brother and the Thought Police. Even when he enjoys his rendezvous with Julia, he realizes that...
1984--In Orwell's novel, Winston Smith (the protagonist) is eventually arrested and confined in a literal prison. However, he spends much of the novel being imprisoned by fear of and enslavement to Big Brother and the Thought Police. Even when he enjoys his rendezvous with Julia, he realizes that there is no escape for him or her from their totalitarian society. At the end of 1984, Orwell presents a different interpretation of the quote that you cited, for Winston sits free from prison in a tiny pub, drinking as much as he wants, spending his days lazily, and even possessing the freedom to see and talk to Julia if he so desires. Ironically, by this time, Winston's ability to think for himself has been imprisoned, and so while he is physically free once again, he is actually more mentally and psychologically confined than he was at the novel's beginning.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini--In Hosseini's second novel, one of the main characters, Mariam, lives her entire life (except for the last year of it), imprisoned by her insecurities and her husband's abuse. She sees herself as unworthy and so she imprisons her own emotions behind a cold exterior until she finally finds the courage to stand up for her husband's young second wife (Laila) and begins to care for her and Laila's children.
The Count of Monte Cristo--Near the beginning of Dumas' novel, Edmund is literally imprisoned and plots incessantly to make his escape until he actually does so. However, even when he is a free man determined on exacting revenge upon all who betrayed him or who were responsible for his physical imprisonment, he is chained by his vengeful emotions and really cannot enjoy his freedom. It is not until the novel's end when he realizes that revenge will not bring happiness that he is able to free himself to love and live a contented life.