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Analysis of the short story: The Sacrificial Egg. The sacrificial egg in the story is an analogy of Juliuss soul. Julius no longer believes in superstition and sacrifice because his education teaches him scientific evidence.

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Introduction

The sacrificial egg in the story is an analogy of Julius's soul. Julius no longer believes in superstition and sacrifice because his education teaches him scientific evidence. People do sacrifice to hope a good life for themselves. The society sacrifices Julius' innocence to make him earn money for the company. Julius is the scapegoat that is sacrificed for money. When Julius breaks the egg, he forgets about it quickly. Similarly, the society neglects Julius feelings when he undergoes the loss of innocence. The sacrificial egg is made to pray for fortune, and people ignore whatever happens to the egg. ...read more.

Middle

Julius is like the market. Before his education helps him to find a job at the company, his mind and soul is unpolluted and innocent. After he gets into the business, "education placed him above such superstitious stuff." Julius becomes judgemental and critical. He no longer believes in sacrificial eggs, mammy-wota. For example, in the beginning of the play, Julius describes his chief clerk in a nasty tone, as if implies his clerk is like a pig which snores and is fat. Before Julius leaves his village, his life is happy with his fianc�, just like the market which is full of people. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ma once mentions mammy-wota, which actually symbolizes Julius' impossibility to reach happiness. "[B]ecause they are beautiful with a beauty that is not of this world. You catch a glimpse of them with the tail of your eye, then they disappear in the crowd." Ma says that to Julius when he sceptically asks Ma. Julius never believes in superstition, but he does not want to anger Ma, so he pretends to care. Julius hope of happiness is vanishing quickly, just like the mammy-wota, one glimpse and then they disappear. For him, happiness is too good to exist, because Janet dies, and his business is collapsing due to the smallpox. Julius desire of happiness is too unrealistic to come true just like the mammy-wota are too beautiful to belong to the world. ...read more.

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