Why is Wednesday Addams called that?

Why is Wednesday Addams called that?

We learn in the series that she was born on a Friday (13 obviously). So why is it named after another day of the week?

Wednesdaythe Tim Burton series derived from The Addams Family reveals plenty of details about the story of the heroine and her ancestors. Including a symbolic element: why is the young girl now embodied by Jenna Ortega named so? In the first episode, we learn from her parents that she was actually born on a Friday the 13th. Her mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) then specifies that she named her after another day of the week, because that she loved a line from a poem: “Wednesday’s child is full of woe” (Wednesday’s child is full of misfortune). It is in fact a children’s nursery rhyme dating from the 19th century, precisely from 1838, entitled Monday’s Childand whose principle is to associate each day of the week with a character:

“Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace.
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go.
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living.
And the child born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, good and gay”

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The child born on a Tuesday is like this “gracious”while Friday’s is “loving and generous”. This nursery rhyme is not cited at random in the series, since it did indeed inspire Charles Addams to create his characters. In his short comics, at the end of the 1930s, they were initially not named, but when his universe was adapted in series, in 1964, he drew on this song of youth to name his dark heroine.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the co-creators of the show with Tim Burton, multiply the nods to the history of The Addams Familybut also to the career of the filmmaker (we also think a lot of sleepy hollow in front of the series, the director’s previous project with Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the films of the 1990s and who returns here in another role, for example). They even self-quoted: when the young girl has an appointment with the shrink, a sign announces that another firm is run by Gough and Millar. Note that this nursery rhyme also inspired all the titles of the 8 episodes: each includes the word “woo”/“misfortune”. Finally, the song being very old, we sometimes find versions where the children of Wednesday and Friday have reversed characteristics: thus, it is Friday that becomes the day of misfortune. The fact that Wednesday was born on a Friday the 13th takes on new meaning beyond the joke.

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