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In what ways do Tristram's digressions change the perspective of the story?

Does Tristram's constant use of humor serve to hide some of his less savory opinions? For example his opinion of women.

Why is the Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy seen as a forerunner to the modernist novels of the early 20th century?

In what ways is the novel an attack on 18th century values?

What function do the legal documents, philosophical opinions and the sermon play in terms of reality?

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy was sold in nine volumes. How much does Sterne play with the reader in choosing to break the novel into so many volumes—is the reason purely satirical?

What does the reader find out about Tristram through the other characters?

Why does Tristram place so much importance on hobby horses for his Uncle...

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