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Why is "Hamlet" set in Denmark?

Other than h***** 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 ***** themes of ***** work. This is why he chose an Itali***** setting to tell the romantic and passionate tale of "Romeo and Juliet." The gloomy, dank setting ***** the Dan*****h court was ideal for the melancholy tragedy of "Hamlet"

However, 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 Latin around 1200 AD. The sixteen books that comprise ***** Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, or History ***** the Danes, ***** of the rise ***** fall ***** the great rulers of Denmark, and the tale of Amleth, Saxo's Hamlet" unfolds in books three and four, ending w*****h Amleth, after pret***** to be mad to deceive ***** murderous ruler, taking revenge for ***** father (Mabillard, 1999). Shakespeare did make substantial alterati*****s in the character of *****, 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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