The American Scholar

The American Scholar Characters

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The author and narrator of “The American Scholar,” Emerson is specifically addressing American college students to inspire them to lead the country into an artistic revolution that will earn them the entire… (read full character analysis)

The American Scholar

The American Scholar is Emerson’s intended audience for the essay. The American Scholar is a collective term for post-Revolutionary War college students who are capable, according to Emerson, of finally breaking away from European… (read full character analysis)