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Why does Hamlet regard Denmark as a “prison”?
He feels oppressed by Claudius and Gertrude’s lofty expectations for him as the future king.
He feels entrapped by his situation as the son of a murdered king who must avenge his death.
He feels as if he cannot move freely in Denmark and is befuddled as to how he can exact revenge against Claudius.
He feels as if he is not allowed to return to Wittenberg, where he longs to be.
He feels persecuted by Polonius’s campaign to prove him mad for Ophelia’s love.