The Silence of the Lambs Setting & Symbolism

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Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane

A cell in the bowels of this high-security facility is Lecter's home for many years. The director of the hospital, Dr. Frederick Chilton, impedes Starling's investigation at every turn.

Hannibal Lecter's Cell

Lecter's cell in the Baltimore State Hospital has several security features, which most prison cells lack. In addition to the standard steel bars, there is another layer of impregnable netting which encircles the cell just inside the bars, preventing Hannibal from ever reaching through the bars. Since this cell has been Hannibal's home for so long, the walls are covered in gorgeous, detailed drawings of European cathedrals and museums, sketched from memory by Lecter himself.

The Cage

When Lecter is moved from his longtime home in Baltimore, he is moved into a prefabricated cage, built by a company in St. Louis, which is placed on the top floor of...

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