Dr. Heidegger 's Experiment Essay examples

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An Analysis of “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”
Many people may reckon that a story must have one theme, and one theme alone, but that erroneous assumption holds no value or truth. People think in different ways and have different experiences when they read a story. An example of this is Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”. In “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” it tells the tale of a doctor in his later years and how he performs an experiment on his long term friends. The theme of the story can be interpreted in multiple ways and there is no definite meaning to the story. Different people can interpret the meaning of the story in different ways. In the story, there are themes such as second chances, Good v.s evil, deception, discovery, chaos and order, circle or life, desire to escape, fading beauty, and many more that my mind has not let me see.
Dr. Heidegger’s friends were Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, Mr. Gascoigne, and Widow Wycherly. They are all very old and wished for their former youth. “Mr. Medbourne, had been a prosperous merchant, but had lost his all by a frantic speculation, and was now little better than a mendicant, Colonel Killigrew had wasted his best years, and his health..., in the pursuit of sinful pleasures…, Mr. Gascoigne was a ruined politician, a man of ... fame, [until] time had buried him from the knowledge of the present generation and made him obscure instead of infamous, [and] Widow Wycherly,…

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