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1. Antipholus of Syracuse is convinced that he has stepped onto some mystical place filled with witches. All of the people in the town know his name and he apparently has a wife who is extremely upset with him. Yet, Antipholus is quite smitten with her sister! This is not proper for a husband to love his wife’s sister, and so Antipholus feels it is time to leave this strange city and be off hence. This is an interesting device that Shakespeare employs as Antipholus is speaking in a soliloquy to the audience. A soliloquy allows the character to reveal their thoughts to the audience and introduce ideas that would not necessarily present themselves through dialogue. The audience is privy to the absurdity of the predicament the twins are in, as one twin is mistaken for his brother. Antipholus lets the audience know of his departure and he considers the beauty of Luciana, but he must “stop mine ears against the mermaid’s song” (III.ii.156). He has already sent Dromio to procure a ship so he can depart Ephesus immediately. This is an example of dramatic irony, as the audience knows information that the character does not. Antipholus is caught in a comedy of errors, Shakespeare punning on the word error.
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 3563 taught by Professor Mikepreston during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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