What is the relevance of the political issues in Hamlet? Will the play be the same if we take out the plot about the war between Denmark and Norway?

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In my opinion the political issues are not essential to the heart of the story. They are important in the sense of placing Hamlet in a particular time and place, but they aren't necessary for the play to work.

It's also important to remember that political intrigue within Denmark is part of the mix of motives in Hamlet, and it was common in those times for murders and plots to exist within a kingdom as people tried to gain power.

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