Hamlet Setting & Symbolism

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Denmark

This small Scandinavian country is the kingdom in which the action of the play is set.

Norway

Another Scandinavian country, in actuality larger geographically and in the play, more powerful militarily. One of Claudius' intentions throughout the play is to maintain peace with Norway.

England

England is presented by Claudius as an ally of Denmark - or, at least, as a country he believes will be an ally after he promises to assist them in case of an attack by Norway. England is also the country to which Claudius sends Hamlet to be executed.

The Castle of Elsinore

Elsinore is the name of the castle in Denmark that houses the royal family (Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet) and its court (including Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia and Osric). It is the setting for much of the play's action. The real life Elsinore Castle was the venue for a famous production of...

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