Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Hamlet's Castle

Kronberg Castle in Denmark is a star-shaped fortress.  It is situated at the north-east of Denmark, where the North Sea passes into the Baltic Sea.  This is also the point where Denmark is closest to Sweden, where the channel is only 4 kilometer wide.  Standing on the shore in front of the castle, we could see clearly the land and the buildings on the opposite shore.  It is obviously a strategic location. 

Kronberg was an important castle in its own right in the history of Denmark.  But it was made world-famous as Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet.  It is an engaging story, but it is so tragic.  Perhaps people love it precisely because it is such a sad story?  Why is it that we tend to be touched more by tragic story than by happy ones?


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