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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 ***** tell the romantic and passionate tale ***** "Romeo and Juliet." The gloomy, dank setting of the Dan*****h court was ideal for the melancholy tragedy ***** "Hamlet"

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

Works Cited

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

***** 2007. [5 Feb 2997]

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