friends and contemporaries to test his waters of the "fountain of.
" As the doctor himself sits by to enjoy the show, each of his.
four aged friends eagerly quaffs more and more of the magic potion,.
each draught further carrying them backwards into their shared youth.
Having grown young, smooth-skinned and agile again, the three men begin.
to fight for the favors of the fourth compatriot now restored to her.
former beauty. In the heat of the fracas, they begin to grow tired and.
within minutes the effect of the "waters" has worn away. The.
participants in the brief respite from old age are devastated by the.
transience of the experience. Despite Heidegger's warning that he has.
learned to appreciate the advantage of age by watching the four of them.
make themselves fools, they learned no such lesson and resolve to make.
a pilgrimage to Florida to seek the Fountain.
A devoted scientist, in a brief step from his laboratory pursuits,.
marries a beautiful woman with a single physical flaw: a birthmark on.
her face. Aylmer becomes obsessed with the imperfection and needs to.
remove it, to be happy with his wife. The tale evolves around his.
progressive frenzy to use his scientific skills to render his bride.
perfect and the faith of his submissive wife that the union can survive.
only if he accomplishes his goal. The author tells us that Aylmer "had.
devoted himself, however, too unreservedly to scientific studies.".
and, in the secrecy of his laboratory he prepares the potion for.
Georgiana that results in the disappearance of the birthmark and the.
death of Aylmer's experimental subject.
"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "The Birthmark" can be compared in.
many aspects. Nathaniel Hawthorne used many of the same writing.
techniques in both stories. Both pieces share two common reoccuring.
themes. Also, the symbols in the story have like meanings. In both.
"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "The Birthmark", Hawthorne uses the.