Hamlet Humour

Act 2 scene 2
And there’s the humor of it…

You probably already realize that by our standards, Shakespeare spoke funny. And, I don’t mean funny-ha ha; I mean funny-strange. But, in Shakespeare’s day, “humor” didn’t mean funny. Instead “humours” were liquids in the body that they categorized and used to explain emotional behaviours. Below is a chart with the four humors.

If you had to predict which humor Hamlet has too much of, which might it be?

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And then there is this one that comes from a medical chart and shows the relationships of direction, seasons, temperament, and the humors of the body.

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But when it comes to humour, this one works for me.

Get lost polonius

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About melaniewhite2012

I am a high school English and Media Studies Teacher, an editor, and writer of educational publications for McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Ltd, and a mother of three. I distance run, exist largely on raw food, fresh air and sunshine, good literature, thoughtful radio, film, and laughter.
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