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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 set his ***** in his native country. Shakespeare 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 ***** "Romeo and Juliet." The gloomy, dank setting of the Danish court was ideal for the melancholy tragedy ***** "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 compr*****e Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, or His*****ry of ***** Danes, tell of the rise and fall of the great rulers of Denmark, and ***** tale of Amleth, ********** Hamlet" unfolds in books three and four, ending w*****h Amleth, after pretending to be mad to deceive the murderous ruler, taking revenge ***** his father (Mabillard, 1999). Shakespeare did make substantial alterations in the character of *****, such as making him indecisive rather ***** merely vengeful.

Works Cited

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

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


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