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

However, Shakespeare ***** also influenced by his source. ***** story of the Danish king who killed ***** 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 His*****ry ***** ***** Danes, tell of the rise and fall ***** the great rulers of *****, 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 fa*****r (Mabillard, 1999). Shakespeare did make substantial alterations in the character ***** *****, such as making him indecisive ra*****r ***** merely vengeful.

Works C*****ed

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

Feb 2007. [5 Feb 2997]


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