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Shakespeare 221 Comedy of Errors : “What an Intricate Impeach is this?”
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Where’s Ephesus Located? Ancient Ephesus in the Mediterranean basin Modern-day Ephesus
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Why Ephesus? Mentioned in Apollonius of Tyre as site of reunion between Apollonius and his long-lost family. Described in the Bible as a place of sorcery, fraud, and loose morality. Also, it was a major port city in the ancient world. A key location in the spread of early Christianity: St. Paul spent two years in Ephesus building up a Christian community there, and one of his epistles is addressed to the Ephesians. Here he advises the Christian community in Ephesus on matters of domestic
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Who was Paul and why do we need to know about him? Key figure in the spread of early Christianity. Travelled widely in the Mediterranean basin doing missionary work, recorded in Acts of the Apostles . Contributed significantly to the development of Christian thought, most notably through his epistles addressed to Christian communities in the Mediterranean. Comedy of Errors draws on Letter to the Ephesians , attrib.
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What does “Ephesus” tell us about Shakespeare’s treatment of location or setting? Shakespeare’s dramatic settings are not “realistic.” Not much “local color” or detailed focus on specific features of a particular place. Instead, settings are symbolic of particular qualities and key dramatic themes. Sometimes settings almost function as characters with an agency of their own. In CoE, Ephesus is associated primarily with these themes: A. magic (source: The biblical Ephesus) B. money (historically, Ephesus, a port-city, was an important trading center for merchants trading between Asia and Europe). C. family (Paul’s letter focusing on relations between members of a household and the romance tale of
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Error and Ephesus Magic, money, and family all produce the “errors” of the play’s title, and all are first exacerbated, and then resolved, in Ephesus. “Error” means: Action of roaming and wandering, associated sometimes with losing one’s way. (romance theme) Mistaken opinions or beliefs held collectively. Mistake committed through ignorance. (farce plot relies on this).
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P.95, 4.1.104ff: Masters and servants ANTIPHOLUS (E): To Adriana, villain, hie thee straight: Give her this key, and tell her, in the desk That's cover'd o'er with Turkish tapestry, There is a purse of ducats; let her send it: Tell her I am arrested in the street And that shall bail me; hie thee, slave, be gone! Exeunt DROMIO OF SYRACUSE: To Adriana! that is where we dined, Where Dowsabel did claim me for her husband: She is too big, I hope, for me to compass. Thither I must, although against my will,
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