Some notes on the story "The Egg" by Sherwood Anderson might reflect the grotesque nature of the farmer, the portrayal of the American Dream and the theme of happiness. "The Egg" is found in Anderson's book "The Triumph of the Egg: A Book of Impressions from American Life in Tales and Poems" published in 1921.
"The Egg" is a short story that covers a number of different themes.
A grotesque theme permeates part of the story. The farmer collects grotesque, deformed chickens and keeps them in jars. This makes the farmer himself grotesque.
In the story, the American Dream is represented by the fragility of the egg. The author seems to suggest that a person can be broken as easily as an egg in his or her pursuit of the American Dream. As the narrator's father chases his dream, his life becomes unbearable.
While the American Dream may have been portrayed in a negative light, there is also a theme of happiness throughout the story. The farmer had a happy life prior to getting married and starts chasing the American Dream, through the suggestions of his wife. Once he starts chasing the dream, however, his happiness begins to dissipate.