Was It Really Just An Experiment?.. Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Was It Really Just an Experiment? Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, “The Devil himself gets into my inkstand.” This quote allows readers to begin to understand his unique writing. There are categories in literature called romantic and anti-romantic literacy. Hawthorne was a man that blended different types of writing styles into one. In one of his works, Hawthorne begins to bewildered the reader due to his mixing of styled prose, causing a controversy when placing him into a group.When trying to place Hawthorne into a particular literacy category such as romantic or anti-romantic, the reader crosses literary lines, creating a blurred picture rather than a clear one-sided style. After reading Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment, the reader…show more content…
At first, it lay lightly on the surface of the fluid, appearing to imbibe none of its moisture. Soon, however, a singular change began to be visible.” Another characteristic of romantic writing was that all of the characters used in Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment were of the common man mold. The beginning of the story described the characters as, “that very singular man, old Dr. Heidegger, once invited four venerable friends to meet him in his study. There were three white-bearded gentlemen, Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, and Mr. Gascoigne, and a withered gentlewoman, whose name was the Widow of Wycherley.” The people were described as typical elderly members of a community, creating a picture of weak and weathered due to hard living. Although there was a lot of romantic evidence in this short story, Hawthorne also showed the use of anti-romantic literature. Using evilness, Hawthorne 's writing helps lead readers into the anti-romantic era. We as readers, were told of a story in which a man tests his friends with water from the Fountain of Youth. The greediness of the “four venerable and melcahancy old creatures” makes the reader feel that evil is in every common man;in fact, greed has been proven to show darkness within a soul. Within the story it said, “Give us more of this wondrous water! Cried them eagerly. “We are younger--but we are still too old! Quick-- give us more!” Their want leads the

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