EXERCISE Chekhov's Gun Challenge: The Grade "A" Egg

Discussion in 'REFINING WRITING' started by - Falcon -, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Chekhov's Gun Challenge, Cyan
    Chekhov's Gun is a writing trope used to mean that a seemingly insignificant object has turned out to be important to the plot. For example, the ring Frodo found in Gollum's cave in "The Hobbit" turned out to be the One Ring in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

    Any little thing can help you further your plot.

    To Participate: I will give you an insignificant object and the setting in which it is first seen. Then you post a way in which that object could be used to further the plot.

    example (open)

    Item and Setting Given: A stick brought back by the dog.

    Way in which it can be used:
    First mention of object - Peter's dog is always bringing back sticks. Peter has a habit of letting them collect by his front poach.

    The object becomes important when - One day while running from a band of trolls, Peter and his friends try to take refuge behind his house. Looking for something to throw at the trolls to distract them, one of the characters picks up the stick Peter's dog brought back earlier and . . . ZAP! that stick was actually the missing magic wand belonging to the Good Fairy. Now the trolls are all made of stone and if they can get the fairy back her wand maybe she can help them find the lost prince and save the day!

    The Item and Setting:
    A Grade "A" Egg, found in the Hen house

  2. Item and Setting Given: A Grade "A" Egg, found in the Hen house

    Way in which it can be used:
    First mention of object - Percy's a rancher who is assigned to collect eggs from the hen house every morning.

    The object becomes important when - He is forced to hide in the hen house in response to a burglary in his house by ruthless brigands. While inside, he pleads to any power to grant him the power and strength to overcome his fears. In both his hands, he clutched an egg, envisioning it as a fragile world that needed protection. With great violence and suddenness by powers unknown, Percy felt his heart get sucked right out of his body, into the egg. He felt the new connection instinctively. If the egg broke, he would die; if he was too far from his new heart, he would grow weak. It was up to him to find advantages in his new curse.
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  3. A grade "A" egg, found in the hen house.

    First mention of object - Maria was woken during the night by the anguished cries of her chickens and, running outside, she saw a pack of foxes devouring them and carrying them off. All that remained was a single unbroken egg inside the hen house.

    The object becomes important when - Maria took the egg into the house with her, intending to eat it the next morning for breakfast, declaring that a single egg was no use to anyone except as food. She awoke and went into the kitchen to begin preparing breakfast, but slipped, hit her head and died. When Death came for her, she begged for a chance at life and was asked the following riddle:


    As she pondered the riddle, her eyes caught sight of the egg on the counter, where she had left it the night before. She correctly answered the riddle, much to Death's frustration and found herself given another chance at life. She kept the egg on her mantelpiece, as a reminder that all things have use on some occasion. Even if only to answer the great riddles of life (and Death).
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