Essay - Why is 'Hamlet' Set in Denmark? Other than His Plays...

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

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

Works Cited

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

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


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