Clown Sexton

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The Clown Sexton appears in the Graveyard Scene, Scene 19. He is the character usually called the "gravedigger."



  • Costume - The Clown Sexton is wearing work clothes as he digs, which gives an incorrect impression of who he is, as Hamlet sees him. He looks like a common manual laborer, hired only for that job.
  • Topicality - The Clown Sexton is a lampoon of Ben Jonson.


The Clown Sexton is anonymous. I have not found a way to deduce his name from the dialogue.


The Clown Sexton's most significant lines are:

Themes and Motifs

The Themes and Motifs most immediate to the Clown Sexton are:

On Stage

The Clown Sexton appears in Scene 19 only.

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