Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois in Go Down, Moses (Location)

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Illinois Penetentiary
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OutOfYoknapatawpha
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The opening scene of the "Go Down, Moses" section of the novel takes place in a cell in the Illinois state penitentiary in Joliet. The cell is is described as a "steel crucible," with a "steel cot," a "steel stool," and a "steel door" (351, 352). An armed guard stands outside of it. Later in the story, Gavin Stevens calls the warden of this penitentiary. While there is a famous prison in Joliet, Faulkner could also be depicting the nearby Stateville Penitentiary, which was the site of executions by electric chair from 1928 onward.

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Site of Event
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Continuous

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