The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail Summary & Study Guide

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Act 1

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jailtakes place in Concord, Massachusetts and the surrounding area. As the stage directions note, "time and space are awash here." The play starts in one time period, and then abruptly shifts around to many other times and places. At all times throughout the play, Henry David Thoreau's jail cell can be seen in the background. The play starts at its latest point in time, during a Concord winter when Ralph Waldo Emerson is an old man, walking with his wife, Lydian. With his wife's help, Waldo remembers the name of Henry (Thoreau), who was his best friend. With this realization, the action shifts to Henry's jail cell, when the writer is a young man.

Henry's mother asks Henry why he is in jail, and he gives vague answers, a tactic that he uses throughout the play. Henry shows what his mother...

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