Walden | Study Guide

Henry David Thoreau

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Thoreau Thoreau is the philosophical narrator in Walden who builds a cabin in the woods. Read More
The Woodchopper The Woodchopper is the pseudonym Thoreau uses for his acquaintance Alex Therien. Read More
The Poet The Poet is William Ellery Channing, a good friend of Thoreau's who helped him build the cabin at Walden Pond. Read More
The Philosopher The Philosopher was the pseudonym Thoreau assigned to Bronson Alcott, whose chief claim to fame today is that he was the father of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott. Read More
The Old Immortal Thoreau never mentions Ralph Waldo Emerson (identified as "the Old Immortal"), on whose land he builds his hut, by name. He is merely described as a visitor who looked in on him "from time to time."
John Field Thoreau seems to use John Field, an Irish American laborer, as an example of how not to live; Field lacks self-reflection.
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