Finding Humor in Hamlet


My daughter and I are reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet together.  I did not read this play in school (why, I do not know- but I did read other Shakespeare).  It is at times hard to follow, and at times easy.  It is considered a tragedy, yet I found several humorous takeaways.

B: “Have you had quiet guard?”

F: “Not a mouse stirring.”

This exchange reminds me of A Visit from St. Nicholas‘ : “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”


A little later in Hamlet, M and R allude to the long held belief that Christmastime is so blessed that the natural orders including animal behaviors are altered on Christmas Eve.

I then recalled Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester wherein the animals can speak on Christmas Eve.

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