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Dr. Heiddegger's Experiment

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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment By: David Kim, Anna Nguyen, and Hannah Parker
AP Lang 2nd Period Setting, and Theme Characterization and Plot Vocabulary and Syntax Cherish your youth; once its time to move on, you can never come back to it. The characters in the story wasted their life; Mr. Medbourne was a merchant but lost everything because of a frantic speculation; Colonel Killigrew wasted his life with sinful actions and choices; Mr. Gascoigne was known as evil of fame because he was a bad politician and Widow Wycherly, was a great beauty however she had lives in deep seclusion, because of something she did and now the town is against her. This theme relates to The Scarlet Letter because it has the same idea that "One cannot change the past." In the Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynn has to live with her sin and face the consequences. In this story, the characters have wasted their good life, and now they want to go back thinking they can change their past with Dr. Heidegger's experiment with water from the "Fountain of Youth" After drinking the water, they turn young. However, shortly after consuming the drink, they turn back into the old age person that they were. The differences between Hester Prynn and these four characters is that Hester accepted her consequences while these four characters after turning back to old age again, they continue to drink from the Fountain of Youth; morning, day and night hoping that they can turn young again. Mr. Mebourne was a merchant that lost all his fourtune
by frantic speculation.
Colonel Killigrew wasted his best years, and his health and substance, in the oursuit of sinful pleasure.
Mr. Gascoigne was a ruined politician, till he was forgotened by the present generation.
Widow Wycherly was a great beauty in her day; but lived in deep seclusion, from certain scandalous stories which had prejudiced her from the town.
Dr. Heidegger was the doctor that preformed the experiment for the guest to drink from the fountain of youth. The Connection of Characters to The Scarlet Letter Characters
Mr. Medbourne is like Chillingworth
Colonel Killgrew is like Dimmesdale
Widow Wycherly is like Hester Prynne Connection Syntax Hawthrone uses a lot of complex sentences in his writing. His descriptions also contain vivid adjectives and imagery to describe his characters, setting and scene. Because of his descriptions for his character, the reader can predict that the four characters are old, greedy, and gullible. The point of view is first person omnicient With the point of view he has the tone become very ironic, by showing the some but not all the thought that the characters are thinking during the story. Connection Compared to The Scarlet Letter, this short story by Hawthorne is more simple than The Scarlet letter. The Scarlet Letter has a usage of more Old English, and this story was more modern-complex English.However, in the dialogue of the characters are similar to The Scarlet Letter. Readers' Response I personally prefer Hawthorne's style of writing in this short story than the style he used in The Scarlet Letter. In Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, Hawthorne's writing is complex and lengthy, however he used modern but formal English. I also like his descriptions of each individual characters at the beginning. The descriptions helps the readers to connect and to know the characters. Hawthorne's usage of vivid descriptions gives the reader an imagery of how the character looks, and acts. I was expecting the four characters to accept their age at the end, but instead, they kept on drinking from the fountain. Anna: The plot of this story is where four guest gather at the study of Dr. Heiddegger because they were called by him. These five people were friends of each other since their youth and have become old knowing each other. But the four friends have become wary of being old, and were told, by Dr Heiddegger, that he had a cure to their problem. He told them that he had water from the fountain of youth, and he wanted to test an experiment on them to see what the effect of the drink was. After they drank it for the first time they became younger, and wanted more so they got more and were drinking it. since they were younger they requested to dance with the Widow Wycherly. After dancing with the Widow for some time they started to fight over her because they all loved her at one point and knocked over the container with the water from the fountain of youth, and became old. In the end the four geust of Dr. Heiddegger, not heeding his warning to stay away from the water, went to Florida and drank from it everyday. Visual aid: Red: can symbolize blood, love, infatuation. Basically red symbolizes any strong emotions, or things of strong emotions rather than intellectual ideas. For example, red can symbolize excitement, energy, speed, strength, danger, passion, and aggression. David: White: White is a sacred and pure color. It's the color of angles and gods, as the color reflects that which is sacred and pure. It is also the color of doctors, nurses, and others in the health profession, as well as cleanliness. In fact, the Japanese refer to nurses as "Angels in White".
White can also represent reverence, purity, simplicity, peach, humility, youth, winter, snow, good, cold, clinical, and sterile. Gray/silver: Silver/Grey symbolizes security, reliability, intelligence, staid, modesty, maturity, conservative, old age, sadness, and boring. What i found appealing about the writing style of Hawthorne is the way that he is able to add details that make it easier to understand what is happening in the story. I also admire the different types of styles of English he is able to use so that it can fit the story just right. I do not like is the style he chose for The Scarlet Letter, the writing was appropriate for the time period it was based on, but it is different from the English that we are used to. sources: Vocabulary
Festooned – Adorn (a place) with chains, garlands, or other decorations
Duodecimos – A size of book page that results from the folding of each printed sheet into 12 leaves (24 pages)
Effervescent – Giving off bubbles; fizzy.
Buxom – (of a woman) plump, esp. with large breasts
Simpering – Smile in an affectedly coquettish, coy, or ingratiating manner.
Decrepitude – a state of deterioration due to old age or long use
Grappled – Engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle
Bemoan – Express discontent or sorrow over The setting of this short story fits it well. This novela takes place in the early to mid 18th century in Dr. Heidegger’s study. In his study, the reader finds this room to be an “old-fashioned chamber”. The room is covered in dust and cobwebs, the bookshelves are overflowing, and there is a skeleton in the closet. This setting is similar to The Scarlet Letter. In The Scarlet Letter, the setting is drab and colorless and is set in the early to mid 18th century. Hawthorne doesn’t actually say the exact date that the story takes place.
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