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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

On the face of it, it's pretty unrealistic for Dr. Heidegger to invite his elderly guests to partake of this elixir of youth only to urge them to remain virtuous when they finally become young...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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In the first paragraph of “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” the word condescending best describes the narrator’s tone toward the doctor’s visitors. While introducing each of them—Mr. Medbourne, Colonel...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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The bust of Hippocrates helps set the scene in Dr. Heidegger's study and establish the nature of Dr. Heidegger. When Nathaniel Hawthorne describes the study, he mentions the bust of Hippocrates and...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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The moral of the story is to learn from one’s experiences so as not to repeat past mistakes. When Dr. Heidegger invites his friends, Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, Mr. Gascoigne, and Widow...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2018, 11:37 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was first published anonymously in 1837 as "The Fountain of Youth." Later that year, the story was published again, with...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2020, 3:10 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

The moral of "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is ambiguous. Dr. Heidegger seems to decide that old age is preferable to youth because age brings understanding and discretion. His four guests, however,...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2015, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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Let us remember that the rose in the novel appears at the beginning of the story, and Dr. Heidegger pulls it out as a dried, withered rose that was given to him by his fiancee before her untimely...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012, 6:15 am (UTC)

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On one hand, the purpose of gathering these four friends together to drink from the Fountain of Youth is simply to see whether it will work at all. As he details the powers of the water to the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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Excellent question. I would want to argue that the central conflict within this wonderful allegorical story concerns the conflict between the foolishness and beauty of youth and the wisdom and...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011, 1:59 am (UTC)

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Each of Dr. Heidegger's "friends" whom he invites to his house to experiment on with his fountain of youth tonic suffers from a tragic flaw or sin. Those flaws cause each to want to return to his...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009, 9:11 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

The opening sentence of "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" identifies the setting of the story. THAT VERY SINGULAR man, old Dr. Heidegger, once invited four venerable friends to meet him in his study....

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Your question refers of course to the description of the reflection of the four youthful guests in the mirror that hung in Dr. Heidegger's study that is referred to later on in the story as the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1837 story, the study of Dr. Heidegger seems to be a combination of study and laboratory. The walls are lined with bookcases filled with hand bound books of various size...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2017, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Gothic literature initially flourished from the middle of the 18th century to the middle of 19th century. It arose due to a number of influences. There was a growing interest in medieval culture...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018, 10:18 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Gascoigne is introduced as "a ruined politician," who, Hawthorne writes, "time ... buried ... from the knowledge of the present generation," rendering him "obscure." Hawthorne uses a metaphor...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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To be honest, the best way to work out what happens in the story is to read it for yourself, but as you seem to be rather pressed for time, let me summarise it briefly for you. In this excellent...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010, 12:42 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's guests are delighted with their physical transformations, and they immediately begin to behave like their younger selves. Each one of them made mistakes in their youth, and they are...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 9:08 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is filled with irony. Even as the story begins, we read of the ironic nature of Dr. Heidegger's four guests. Mr. Medbourne was once a...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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The narrator says that Widow Wycherly had been very beautiful when she was younger. But she lived in seclusion on account of gossip and scandalous stories which made the gentry (people of a higher...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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In order to figure out the climax of the story's conflict, it's a good idea to identify that conflict first. In this particular story, I believe the conflict to be one of character versus nature....

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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The atmosphere of this story is depressing. Dr. Heidegger invites 4 friends into his study for an experiment. They are old and unhappy: They were all melancholy old creatures, who had been...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010, 2:25 am (UTC)

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After Dr. Heidegger demonstrates the effects of the rejuvenating water upon a welted rose that comes back to its original freshness, he invites the doubtful guests to imbibe the water and see the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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The girl is Dr. Heidegger's long-dead fiancee. Hawthorne writes that on "the opposite side of the chamber was . . . the full-length portrait of a young lady. . . . Above half a century ago, Dr....

Latest answer posted September 16, 2009, 4:37 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

The short story "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a fantasy in which Dr. Heidegger has obtained some water from the fabled Fountain of Youth. He has called four friends to his...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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All of Dr. Hiedegger's friends long for their youth, particularly the physical aspects of their youth. In addition, all four had encountered particulary difficult situations in their lives that...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 5:15 am (UTC)

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"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is set in Dr. Heidegger's gloomy and eerie study. There is a lot of imagery in the study-- there is a book of magic, a strange mirror, a portrait of a woman, and a...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2010, 10:47 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger’s friends have all experienced great difficulties in their lives, as most people generally have. Mr. Medbourne lost all his riches to a “frantic speculation” and now lives almost like...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2018, 10:32 am (UTC)

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Consider how the text presents his former beloved and what it says about her fate: The opposite side of the chamber was ornamented with the full-length portrait of a young lady, arrayed in the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2010, 12:48 am (UTC)

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Dr Heidegger's 'venerable' friends were Mrs Wycherly, Colonel Killigrew, Mr Gascoigne, and Mr Medbourne. Mr Medbourne was once a prosperous merchant who lost everything through wild speculation and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 9:14 am (UTC)

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This is a great question. We need to remember that this tale is an example of an allegory, in that it is a story in which characters, settings, and events stand for abstract ideas or moral...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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Prior to drinking the water from the Fountain of Youth, the narrator cites that Colonel Killigrew "wasted his best years." In his youth, he had been promiscuous and as an older man, he ended up...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015, 2:57 pm (UTC)

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You asked two questions. According to enotes regulations, I have had to cut this down to one as you are only allowed to ask one question. The vase containing the elixir of life which Dr....

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010, 7:13 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about the consistency of human nature. The rather mystical old doctor has procured, he claims, water which will make people young. He...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013, 4:39 am (UTC)

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I actually find this part of the story one of the more amusing sections. It comes towards the beginning, after Dr. Heidegger has announced his intention of performing an experiment with the help of...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010, 8:01 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Before you drink, my respectable old friends," said he, "it would be well that, with the experience of a lifetime to direct you, you should draw up a few general rules for your guidance, in...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 5:06 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

We're told in the very first line of Hawthorne's short story “Dr. Heidegger's Experiment” that the four guests invited to the eponymous doctor's study are “venerable friends”. At the same time,...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Hawthorne uses a lot of symbolism and allegory in his written works and we can see both in this story. He uses mostly Romantic symbolism in this story. The rose which he brings back to life is a...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2008, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Dr. Heidegger first shows his friends the old rose that has been revived to full bloom to give them a visual of his proposed experiment in order to pique their interest. Understandably, the friends...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 4:59 am (UTC)

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We are told that the rose is incredibly important to Dr. Heidegger, as it was given to him by Sylvia Ward to be worn on their wedding day before her unfortunate death. However, it is also vitally...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010, 7:53 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

As the older people that were willing to participate begin to grow young, they begin to indulge themselves in the pleasures and desires of youth. The Colonel begins to chase after and flirt with...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 3:26 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Nathaniel Hawthorne, in "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," effectively creates suspense by layering his story in uncertainty and mystery. Only gradually does he provide readers the necessary details...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2021, 6:11 am (UTC)

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In “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” each of the three male guests – Colonel Killigrew, Mr. Medbourne, and Mr. Gascoigne – had all at one time or another been the lover of the Widow Wycherly. This is...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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Your question reminded me of a novel I read many years ago: Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by P. D. Ouspensky, a Russian mystic with some really far-out ideas. According to the coverage in Wikipedia:...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2015, 2:36 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger has called together four of his old acquaintances, three men and one woman, all of whom are elderly, too, and of questionable reputation through misfortune and mistake. They were...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2013, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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The four guests who are invited to Dr. Heidegger's study to participate in one of his scientific experiments are described as "venerable friends" of the doctor, indicating their age and the kind of...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2010, 7:30 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Think about the function and type of this story. What is the purpose and how is it presented? Clearly, this is a richly allegorical tale to show the futility of wishing for eternal youth and the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2012, 7:27 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Dr. Heidegger's experiment is conducted with four willing participants: the Widow Wycherly, Colonel Killigrew, Mr. Medbourne, and Mr. Gascoigne. All are of an advanced age and eager to try a...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

The protagonist of "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is, not surprisingly, Dr. Heidegger. He has invited some friends from his youth to his study; they have all endured hardships...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2013, 6:47 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question comes immediately after quite a thorough description of Dr. Heidegger's room. We are presented with the dominating portrait of Sylvia Ward and the sad tale that...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010, 8:06 am (UTC)

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Dr. Heidegger performs a demonstration with the rose for his four guests in order to convince them of the power of the water he has obtained from the Fountain of Youth. He opens a heavy book "which...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2013, 11:49 am (UTC)

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