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Anyone who has much exposure to the aged population knows that some elderly people are very content with their lives Even though their bodies may not possess the same physical capabilities that they did in youth they are surrounded by an aura of contentment that almost makes one envious of the inner peace obtained as compensation for a life lived to its fullest capacity Given another chance at youth they would not change the path their lives have taken There are others who are bitter with the game that Mother Nature has played with them They feel they have not been dealt a fair hand by fate and this is reflected in their manner both physically and spiritually This is an accurate portrayal of the four friends in the short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne entitled Dr Heideggers Experiment As the theme of this story reveals given a second chance at life is it possible for a person to change their behavior Mr Medbourne is a symbol for the waste of money and business opportunity He was a prosperous merchant but had lost it all through greed Hawthorne gives evidence for this on page 143 Mr Medbourne in the vigor of his age had been a prosperous merchant but had lost it all by a frantic speculation and was now little better than a mendicant When Mr Medbourne gets a chance at a second youth he does not change but begins to count change and dollars He makes the same foolish mistakes as his in first youth Hawthorne further states On the other side of the table Mr Medbourne was involved in a calculation of dollars and cents with which was strangely intermingled a project for supplying the East Indies with ice by harnessing a team of whales to the polar icebergs Page146 Another example of a second youth wasted is Colonel Killigrew Colonel Killigrew is a symbol for the waste of health
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