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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
Transcript of Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
Age is not a physical trait, it is a state of mind
People are foolish and do not learn their lessons
The glory of youth is irreversible CONFLICT PERSON vs SELF They are internally fighting their own flaws and vices. Ultimately, they fall back into their old ways. The four also are conflicted with feelings of regret
PERSON vs NATURE Conflict with time:
- Widow Wycherly battles with her lost beauty and the evidence of her age in her appearance
-Mr. Gascoigne struggles with his obscurity as he was infamous long ago. SETTING Social
-middle to high class (used to be merchant/politician)
-written in 1837; set in around 1837
-the story itself takes place on a summer afternoon, although the sun sets as the water's effect fades
Geographical + Mood
-myth is real: South part of the Floridian peninsula close to Lake Macaco, now known as Lake Okeechobee
-Dr. Heidegger's study: set creepy, mysterious mood; SIG: Sylvia Ward portrait placed close to skeleton in the room (foreshadowing and symbolism of light and dark) CHARACTER SYMBOLISM ROSE: represents remembrance and a symbol of natural balance
MIRROR: reflects the Dr's failures and the truth
SKELETON: foreshadows the future and represents Dr Heidegger's past
WATER OF YOUTH: symbolizes attempts human make towards permanent life. Also symbolizes renewal DR. HEIDEGGER'S EXPERIMENT ENJOY THE VIDEO :) GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, WOULD YOU RELIVE YOUR YOUTH? WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY? WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE STORY? WHAT DO YOU THINK
DR HEIDEGGER'S TRAITS ARE? DR HEIDEGGER MR MEDBOURNE
A symbol of lost health
Lusts over women and indulges(gluttony) in alcohol
Makes same mistakes when given oppurtunity
Vanity in her beauty
Obsesses over her physical appearance
Enticed by the same foolishness in her youth by encouraging the men to lust after her
Knowledgeable about circumstances
External and Omniscient
Questionable on reliability of tale
Significant in the first person peripheral point of view WHAT IS THE POINT OF VIEW?
First Person/Peripheral Narrator WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMBOLS? PLOT DEVICES FORSHADOWING - the rebirth and death of the rose and the butterfly
Dr. Heidegger warns the guests to be aware of their actions when youth approaches again
BACKSTORY- context which adds to the story's sense. WRITING DEVICES MOOD: Gothic-ornate, gloomy, crafted style
TONE: ironic and moralistic
PERSONIFICATION: "As if the flower were reviving from a deathlike slumber"
LANGUAGE: elevated and pompous VENERABLE. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? ven·er·a·ble
Accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character: "a venerable statesman" IRONY Guests noted as venerable, yet they are foolish when reverted back to youth (Situational Irony)
Second chance at youth but repeated the same mistakes
Hippocrates separated medicine (science) from superstition
Narrator states they are the source of the story, but mentioned "...is said to have..."
Dramatic Irony - Readers know that the rose is going to fade, but characters do not George Bernard Shaw once said" Youth is wasted on the young"
Society will forever be enticed by foolishness" All of the characters are greater representations of the theme (allegory-stand for abstract human qualities)
DR HEIDEGGER: the cryptic doctor
WIDOW: the once beautiful woman
MR MEDBOURNE: risk taker- successful businessman in past
COLONEL KILLIGREW: the pleasure -seeking Puritan who indulges in hedonistic pursuits
MR GASCOIGNE:The power-hungry ruined politician Eccentric and Mysterious
Wise ( acknowledges the foolisness of his subjects)
Calm and Clever
Symbol as the all-knowing god Greed (Obession over money) 7 sins
Obesses over money after experiencing youth again and chases Widow
Represents lost wealth and prosperity
Spontaneous Action resulting in corruption COLONEL KILLIGREW MR GASCOIGNE Power- hungry
Excessive pride /ambition in the political affairs of the past
Obstinate and Stubborn
Symbol of fame and power
Failure to attain perfection WIDOW WYCHERLY NARRATOR