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

*****, 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 Lat***** around 1200 AD. ***** sixteen books that comprise ***** Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum, or His*****ry ***** ***** Danes, tell of the rise ***** fall ***** the great rulers of *****, and ***** tale of Amleth, Saxo's Hamlet" unfolds in books three and four, ending ***** Amleth, after pretending to be mad to deceive the murderous ruler, taking revenge ***** his fa*****r (Mabillard, 1999). Shakespeare did make substantial alterations in the character of *****, such as making him indecisive ra*****r ***** merely vengeful.

Works Cited

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

Feb 2007. [5 Feb 2997]


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