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

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

Works Cited

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

Feb 2007. [5 Feb 2997]

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