Course Hero Logo

Go Down, Moses | Study Guide

William Faulkner

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "Go Down, Moses Study Guide." Course Hero. 24 Feb. 2018. Web. 5 June 2023. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2018, February 24). Go Down, Moses Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved June 5, 2023, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2018)



Course Hero. "Go Down, Moses Study Guide." February 24, 2018. Accessed June 5, 2023.


Course Hero, "Go Down, Moses Study Guide," February 24, 2018, accessed June 5, 2023,

Go Down, Moses | Infographic

Share Embed
Click to copy code

Check out this Infographic to learn more about William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses. Study visually with character maps, plot summaries, helpful context, and more.

Isaac McCaslin, “The Bear”his whole land, the whole South, is cursed, and all of us … white and black both, lie under the curse.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, University of VirginiaCopyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc.LedgersRepresent scandals and secrets that taintfamily historyBearSymbolizes nature’s endurance and changesthat come with lossFire & HearthStand for the eternal bond between husband and wifeSymbolsIsaac’s cousin; runs the family plantation for Isaac until Isaac gives it to himCass EdmondsMixed-race McCaslin descendent; driven by anger at white kin and desire for inheritanceLucas BeauchampFounder of the McCaslin plantation; taints generations of descendants with his misdeedsCarothers McCaslinSTATE OF MISSISSIPPI.Renounces inheritance to live simply and atone for ancestors’ wrongdoingIsaac McCaslinMain CharactersFollowing the advice of a fellow writer, Faulkner drew from his own life in Mississippi to create the multilayered world of fictional Yoknapatawpha County. His novels and stories explore the relationships between Southerners and their complicated, thorny history.WILLIAM FAULKNER1897–1962AuthorMen’s attempts to own and dominate the natural world lead to its destruction.NatureSouthern society devalues women, who use what little power is available to them.Southern WomenRacism haunts the people in the American South and influences all interaction.RaceFor generations, the McCaslin family dominated the people and land of northern Mississippi and produced mix-raced children. Isaac McCaslin renounces his inheritance of the family plantation, but he can’t escapethe troubles caused by his family’s slave-owning and incestuous legacy.A Tangled Family HistoryTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1942Year PublishedWilliam FaulknerAuthorGo Down, MosesDramaShort Stories

Want to see more infographics? View All Infographics on Course Hero!

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Go Down, Moses? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!