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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 plays in his native country. ***** preferred to use the setting of the play to underline the themes of ***** work. This is why he chose an Itali***** setting to tell t***** romantic and passionate tale ***** "Romeo and Juliet." The gloomy, dank ***** of the Danish court was ideal for the melancholy tragedy of "Hamlet"

However, Shakespeare ***** also influenced by his source. ***** story of the ***** king who killed his brother to assume the throne "is based on a Norse legend composed by Saxo Grammaticus in Latin around 1200 AD. The sixteen books that comprise Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, or History of ***** Danes, ***** of the rise and fall ***** the great rulers of *****, and the tale of Amleth, *****'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 alterations in the character of *****, such as making him indecisive ra*****r than merely vengeful.

Works Cited

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

Feb 2007. [5 Feb 2997]

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