Dr. Heidegger's Experiment Questions and Answers
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What is the setting, including imagery and symbolism, in the story "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"?

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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 skeleton. It is said that when the book of magic was lifted by a maid, the skeleton rattled, the woman stepped out of the portrait, and the bust of Hippocrates spoke out.

Other imagery includes Dr. Heidegger bringing the wilted, dead rose back to life when he tosses it into his magic water. Also, the guests get very lively after they drink the water. They act young again, dance, and fight.

Symbols include the mirror, the...

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