After theorizing about the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty for a little while the other day, I decided to combine it all into a page about him. So instead of a book review, please enjoy reading The Myth of Humpty Dumpty.
The Myth of Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again!
In this rather cryptic rhyme, we are told of the demise of Humpty Dumpty. We shall go over several theories and break it down to the true story of Humpty Dumpty.
- Was Humpty Dumpty an egg? As the rhyme never specifies what kind of creature Humpty was, we can only speculate. Think of him as an egg if you wish. As for me, I believe he was a sack of flour.
- Was Humpty a boy or a girl? The rhyme never uses personal pronouns. This makes it very hard to determine which Humpty was. However, I am going to assume that Humpty is a he.
- Why was Humpty on the wall? I shall answer that with a theory.
A theory: Humpty Dumpty was the sworn enemy of the king. Every day he would sit on the wall and look out over the country, thinking about how to take it over. Then one day he fell! The King saw him fall and sent out his horsemen to make sure he was dead. The horsemen discovered that he was a sack of flour and told the king so. The king felt remorse, having been the enemy of a flour sack, as he was very fond of pastries.
Because of this great remorse, the King wrote a poem commemorating Humpty, leaving out the fact that he was an enemy and making it sound as though he had sent his horsemen to help him. This also explains the lack of doctors in the rhyme.
P.S. Once you have read this, you probably won’t ever think of Humpty Dumpty the same way ever again.
What do you think? Will Humpty Dumpty ever be the same again?
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