Study Guide

Dr. Heidegger's Experiment Three Act Plot Analysis

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Dr. Heidegger invites his guests over to his creepy study and tells them about the elixir he has procured.

Act II

The guests drink the potion and act like fools; they shatter the vase.


The guests grow older again. Heidegger evaluates the results of his experiment and draws his conclusion, while his guests have clearly learned nothing at all.