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Why is "Hamlet" set in Denmark?

Other than his plays that specifically deal with English history, like "Richard III," it was unusual for Shakespeare to ***** his ***** in his native country. Shakespeare preferred to use the setting of the play to underline the *****mes of his work. This is why he chose an Itali***** ***** to tell the romantic and passionate tale of "Romeo and Juliet." The gloomy, dank setting of the Dan*****h court was ideal for the melancholy tragedy ***** "Hamlet"

*****, Shakespeare ***** also influenced by his source. The story of the Danish king who killed ***** brother to assume the throne "is based on a Norse legend composed by Saxo Grammaticus in Lat***** around 1200 AD. The sixteen books that compr*****e Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, or His*****ry ***** ***** Danes, ***** of the rise and fall of the great rulers of Denmark, and ***** tale of Amleth, Saxo's Hamlet" unfolds in books three and four, ending ***** Amleth, after pret***** to be mad to deceive the murderous ruler, taking revenge for his father (Mabillard, 1999). Shakespeare did make substantial alterati*****s in the character of *****, such as making him indecisive ra*****r ***** merely vengeful.

Works C*****ed

*****, Amanda. (1999). "Sources for Hamlet." Shakespeare Online. Last updated 5

Feb 2007. [5 Feb 2997]

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