Tristram Shandy wants to know which came first: the chicken or the egg? It might be a tired question, but Tristram treats it in a brand new way. Can education and knowledge change identity, or is it fixed from birth? And how do you figure out who somebody is? If Tristram is right, identity seems to form in your relations to other people. There's no individual identity outside of family, just as there's no individual identity outside of the place you belong. Looks like we'll be eating scrambled eggs.
In Tristram Shandy, identity is fixed before a person is born, and it never changes.
Tristram suggests that nature rather than education or experience is responsible for a person's identity.