This person asked what was the meaning of having Jet and Spike eating a TON of eggs at the end.
I am inclined to think there was no hidden meaning with the eggs. But what if there was? What if they intended for those eggs to mean something? For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that Sunrise intended to have those eggs mean something. But what?
Let’s first look at the symbolism of the egg. There is actually quite a bit out there on this subject.
http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodeggs.html says in part:
“Because eggs embody the essence of life, people from ancient times to the modern day have surrounded them with magical beliefs, endowing them with the power not only to create life but to prophesy the future. Eggs symbolize birth and are believed to ensure fertility. They aslo symbolize rebirth, and thus long life and even immortality. Eggs represent life in its various stages of development, encompassing the mystery and magic of creation. Creation myths commonly describe how the universe was hatched from an egg, often laid by some mythical water bird swimming in the primordial waters…Early mythmakers viewed both the sun and the egg as the source of all life; the round, yellow yolk even symbolized the sun. Clearly, eggs had great symbolic potential…In Europe of pagan and Christian times, eggs symbolized life and resurrection. […]
—Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology, Tamra Andrews [ABC-CLIO:Santa Barbara CA] 2000 (p. 86-7)
Eggs, Nest of Eggs, Eat Eggs, Eat an Egg, Rotten Eggs, Rotten Egg, Bird Eggs, Crate of Eggs
• To dream of finding a nest of eggs, denotes wealth of a substantial character, happiness among the married and many children. This dream signifies many and varied love affairs to women.
• To eat eggs, denotes that unusual disturbances threaten you in your home.
• To see broken eggs and they are fresh, fortune is ready to shower upon you her richest gifts. A lofty spirit and high regard for justice will make you beloved by the world.
• To dream of rotten eggs, denotes loss of property and degradation.
• To see a crate of eggs, denotes that you will engage in profitable speculations.
• To dream of being spattered with eggs, denotes that you will sport riches of doubtful origin.
• To see bird eggs, signifies legacies from distant relations, or gain from an unexpected rise in staple products.
Source: 10 000 Dream Interpretations, by Gustavus Hindman Miller
There is more on this subject along the same vein that can be read on the page. I include the reference to dream symbolism because, let’s face it, dreams (and whether one is dreaming) is a recurring theme in Cowboy Bebop, especially with respect to Spike. And I thought it was interesting.
What could the eggs possibly mean in Cowboy Bebop? Is it possible they symbolised Spike and Jet’s beginning life without Ed and Faye? Or is there more, possibly with implications for the end of Real Folk Blues?
Shinichiro Watanabe is an admirer of the Christian director John Woo, who always has Christian symbolism in his movies. We saw some of that in Ballad of Fallen Angels (repeated camera cuts to the cross), and birds flying as well as maybe other things. Is it possible that he took the Christian symbolism of the egg and is using it here?
I found http://www.cemeteries.org/aboutus0035.asp where it says:
Christ emerged from his tomb almost 2,000 years ago. From the first days Christians have expressed their joy in Christ’s new life by every type of symbol or ritual. They took to the ancient and natural symbol of the egg, by adding their own new and supernatural meaning.
So Christians “baptized” the egg as a symbol of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. Christians saw the egg’s shell as a symbol of the protective darkness of the life-giving tomb; a hatching chick represented the risen Christ emerging from the tomb on Easter morning. The egg’s shape, with neither beginning nor end, was a symbol of eternity. It clearly is also the “womb” of the tomb, where the Crucified was given new life.
So, new life emerges from an egg — Christ emerges alive from the tomb, formerly just a place of death. Life begets a new generation of life coming out of an egg. Christ generates new life for all creation…putting death to death!
If the eggs meant anything at all in the story, their usual meaning of new life and new beginnings would fit in well with other things I’ve written about relating to transformation and metamorphosis with Heaven’s Door, dreams and butterflies and Ace of Spades: what does it mean?
This is just what I got out of it. If someone were to ask me what I thought the eggs meant, this would be my answer.