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

*****, Shakespeare ***** also influenced by his source. ***** story ***** 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 ***** Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, or Hist*****y of ***** Danes, ***** ***** the rise ***** fall of the great rulers of *****, and ***** tale of Amleth, Saxo's Hamlet" unfolds in books three and four, ending ***** Amleth, after pretending to be mad to deceive the murderous ruler, taking revenge for his fa*****r (Mabillard, 1999). Shakespeare did make substantial alterations in the character of Amleth, such as making him indecisive rather ***** merely vengeful.

Works Cited

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

Feb 2007. [5 Feb 2997]

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