"Remember, remember the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Explain Guy Fawkes day to me, please. My poor daughter tried.
I understand that he was part of a group who tried to blow up parliament and assassinate King James. I understand that he was not successful. He was hanged, and then drawn and quartered. His pieces and parts were then tossed into the Thames, the resting place of many convicted of high treason.
So, why then is Guy Fawkes immortalized? He wasn't even the leader. Why isn't it Robert Catesby day, the head of the plot? Why is his name all blended into other easily forgotten names in history, while the unfortunate Guy Fawkes is celebrated forever? The first Guy Fawkes day was mandated the year after the scheme failed by the British government. I could see if they celebrated it as a triumphant moment in British history, but this doesn't seem to be the focus.
Perhaps it is because we're coming up on the third anniversary of our own 'treasonous plot' that it is making it harder for me to understand.
Remember, remember January sixth.
I never gave Guy Fawkes much thought before, but hearing about it from my daughter the first time, and then reading about it, I didn't understand. All this time later, I still don't understand what makes this a celebration.