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1 “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”
By Nathaniel Hawthorne pp

2 Hawthorne’s background
Salem, Mass. Bowdoin College Changed name from Hathorne The Scarlet Letter (1850)

3 Questions 1. Thoughts about the ending—consistent with the whole story—pessimistic attitudes Comprehension check: Experiment Use experience to pass along wisdom To find the fountain of youth

4 #2 Evil ways are tough to overcome People repeat the same mistakes

5 3 Mockery of senior citizens?

6 4 Yes, because the rose changed
No, because they still looked old in mirror

7 5 Base on events that already happened

8 6 Characters would like it
Heidegger would dispute it for scientific reasons

9 7 Regrets a failed relationship Estrangement from Hawthorne
Characters have selfish regrets

10 8 Yes—most people would—it’s tough to change someone’s character.

11 Symbol Wycherly—beauty Colonel Killigrew—health Mr. Gascoigne—power
Mr. Medbourne—wealth Dr. Heidegger—Science

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