From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Dr. Heidegger's Experiment


by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Character Role Analysis

Dr. Heidegger to his Four Guests

Dr. Heidegger is pretty much the polar opposite of his four guests. While they resent their old age and are eager to grow young again, Heidegger maintains that he has "had much trouble in growing old" and is "in no hurry to grow young again" (17). While they romp about in youthful folly, he sits back "with philosophic coolness" and observes (25). Most importantly, Heidegger learns a lesson from his experiment, while his four guests are as ignorant as ever. See "What's Up with the Ending?" for more on that thought.