Dr. HEIDEGGER'S EXPERIMENT [full text & notes]

  • Posted on: 21 December 2010
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Dr. Heidegger is an old scientist (the typical mad scientist) who has just aquired a sample of the elixir of youth. He calls his friends over (four elderly people) in order to test the powers of the elixir. The potion works but its effects are only temporary and superficial. What Dr. Heidegger learns about human nature however, is priceless.

Keep in mind:

Stereotypes: the superficial, flighty woman, the greedy merchant, the mad scientist, the sinful alcoholic and the ranting politician

Themes:
1. the foolishness of youth vs. the wisdom of age;
2. age and wisdom do not necessarily go hand in hand
3. people may or may not learn from their mistakes
4. even in age, people stay true to their nature

Foreshadowing

Character Analysis

Setting

Atmosphere

Symbolism

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