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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment | Study Guide

Nathanel Hawthorne

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Nathanel Hawthorne

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is written in the third-person omniscient perspective with occasional first-person interjections from a peripheral narrator. The narrator doubts readers will believe some of the more fantastical elements of the story, but he assures readers that he is relating the facts truthfully.


"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" refers to the title character's experiment, in which he tests water from the fountain of youth on his friends rather than on himself. The dispassionate narrative stands in contrast to the story's mystical elements and the human passions Dr. Heidegger observes, heightening the impact of both. When the story was first published anonymously in 1837, it was titled "The Fountain of Youth."


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