Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment

by

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment Symbols

Rose

Half a century before the action of the story, Dr. Heidegger’s fiancée gave him a rose to wear to their wedding. She died the night before the wedding, though, and he has preserved the rose…

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Water

At the center of the story is the vase full of water from the Fountain of Youth. The water, which makes those who drink it temporarily young again, is a symbol of the fleeting and…

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Magic Book

Dr. Heidegger’s dark and dusty study is filled with books (just like a real doctor’s office) as well as enchanted items, the “greatest curiosity” of which is a large, black, leather-bound book. This book, which…

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