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Carrying a puppet of Guy Fawkes to burn him

Carrying a puppet of Guy Fawkes to burn him

There’s a famous verse about Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the King of England and the Houses of Parliament in 1605, and it goes like this:

Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

To remember Guy Fawkes Day, people in England celebrate the fifth of November every year as a holiday even today. They build bonfires, set off fireworks, and sometimes hang or burn stuffed images of a man called a “Guy”.

BBC Video explains Guy Fawkes Day

Did you know that our habit of calling a man a “guy” comes from Guy Fawkes? People called the stuffed dolls “guys”, because they represented Guy Fawkes. Then they called anybody who looked awkward or funny a “guy”, because he looked like those stuffed dolls. After a long time, “guy” started to mean any man, and today people even use “guys” to mean all people: men, women, whatever.

One small project: learn to recite the verse. For a bigger project: make a “guy” and burn him in a bonfire. (But be safe!) What kind of evil would your guy represent?

Bibliography and further reading about Guy Fawkes Day:


Early Modern England
Restoration England
Anne of Austria in France
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