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.

Act III

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.