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Dan Sendik Dr. Heidegger’s experiment Wrt 201 An Experiment in Human Perception Dr. Heidegger’s experiment, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story about the famed fountain of youth, but with a sinister twist. Dr. Heidegger acquires the “water of life” and conducts an experiment with four friends he has chosen for specific reasons. Each of them is withered from age and has made dire mistakes in their youth. Before allowing them to drink the water, Dr. Heidegger warns them not to repeat those same mistakes. The four elders do not heed his advice and repeat each of their mistakes again, ending up fighting over the beautiful woman and destroying the water of life. When the doctor realizes his experiment has gone too far, he tells them to stop fighting. The story ends with the four people, old aged once again vowing to find the fountain of youth and drink from it day and night. The four had not literally become young. There is evidence that it was merely a trick the doctor is playing on his friends through the use of strong liquor. The Water is placed on the table with four champagne glasses, and is depicted as having “little bubbles continually ascending from the depths of the glasses” (2) and having “cordial and comfortable properties.”(2) Whether the water truly had imbued youth or not is unknown. It is never clearly stated if the water actually reversed age or is just a figment of their
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course WRT 201 taught by Professor Shaw during the Spring '08 term at Bergen Community College.

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