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The egg symbolizes the frustrated dreams of the narrator's parents, but also the general inscrutability of life. The parents are "ambitious"—they feel an urge to somehow be more than what they are,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018, 12:38 pm (UTC)

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The egg in Sherwood Anderson's story is the object on which much of the symbolism in the story rests. Eggs have a binary nature; they either produce a chick or are consumed as food by people....

Latest answer posted February 20, 2018, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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The narrator identifies his mother as the catalyst for his father's pursuit of the American Dream; she was a teacher familiar with the life stories of men such as Lincoln who achieved greatness...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018, 10:23 am (UTC)

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The tone of the "The Egg" is humorous and jaded. In fact, the tone might be summed up in the narrator's comments below as he bemoans, as if he is a philosopher himself, how eggs become chickens,...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 8:01 pm (UTC)

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The main character, or protagonist, of a story is the character who undergoes change as a result of the story's conflict. A conflict is a struggle between two opposing sides in a story, usually...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015, 2:29 am (UTC)

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The narrator describes his father as content with his lot as a farmhand for the first 34 years of his life. He would work, have a beer at the local saloon, come home, and feel content. He was...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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Basically the entire story is based around the changes in the characters, particularly the father. His decision that he really needs to be more cheerful in order to be successful helps to...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010, 6:31 am (UTC)

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"The Egg" is a short story written by American novelist and short story writer Sherwood Anderson; it was originally published in 1921, in Anderson's collection of short stories titled The Triumph...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019, 12:12 pm (UTC)

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In literature, when people talk about the mood of a piece they are usually referring to its atmosphere, or the feeling it is meant to evoke. Mood can be tricky to talk about, because it is often...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 1:23 am (UTC)

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The story is told by a narrator who reflects on his childhood. His parents had ambitions of beginning their own profitable business during these early years. They decided to venture into raising...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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“The Egg” by Sherwood Anderson is a short story with many comedic elements to it. A lot of the humor is derived from the narrator’s somewhat elevated tone while describing his childhood plight with...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 6:45 pm (UTC)

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The narrator's family ventures into raising chickens because of his mother's ambitious dreams to rise from poverty to fame. Unfortunately, the land they rent is poor and stony, not ideal for farm...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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“The Egg” by Sherwood Anderson was published in 1920 following World War I. The story recounts the narrator’s childhood memories regarding his parents and their ambitions. He describes them as...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2016, 1:23 am (UTC)

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