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An eccentric aging physician Dr Heidegger calls together his oldfriends and contemporaries to test his waters of the fountain ofyouth As the doctor himself sits by to enjoy the show each of hisfour aged friends eagerly quaffs more and more of the magic potioneach draught further carrying them backwards into their shared youthHaving grown young smooth-skinned and agile again the three men beginto fight for the favors of the fourth compatriot now restored to herformer beauty In the heat of the fracas they begin to grow tired andwithin minutes the effect of the waters has worn away Theparticipants in the brief respite from old age are devastated by thetransience of the experience Despite Heideggers warning that he haslearned to appreciate the advantage of age by watching the four of themmake themselves fools they learned no such lesson and resolve to makea pilgrimage to Florida to seek the FountainA devoted scientist in a brief step from his laboratory pursuitsmarries a beautiful woman with a single physical flaw a birthmark onher face Aylmer becomes obsessed with the imperfection and needs toremove it to be happy with his wife The tale evolves around hisprogressive frenzy to use his scientific skills to render his brideperfect and the faith of his submissive wife that the union can surviveonly if he accomplishes his goal The author tells us that Aylmer haddevoted himself however too unreservedly to scientific studiesand in the secrecy of his laboratory he prepares the potion forGeorgiana that results in the disappearance of the birthmark and thedeath of Aylmers experimental subjectDr Heideggers Experiment and The Birthmark can be compared inmany aspects Nathaniel Hawthorne used many of the same writingtechniques in both stories Both pieces share two common reoccuringthemes Also the symbols in the story have like meanings In bothDr Heideggers Experiment and The Birthmark Hawthorne uses thesame writing style In both stories Nathaniel Hawthorne writes as arealist as opposed to a romancer In Dr Heideggers ExperimentHawthorne writes about an
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