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Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Protagonist

Character Role Analysis

Dr. Heidegger

One way to read "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" interprets Dr. Heidegger as the protagonist. He is the wise old sage whose side we take, in contrast to the four guests who make fools of themselves. We admire his calm and collected philosophic coolness as he sits back – much like the reader – to watch the scene play out before him.


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