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comedy-of-errors-william-shakespeareSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Royal Shakespeare Company, University of Victoria Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Antipholus of Syracuse, Act 1, Scene 2to the world am like a drop of waterThat in the ocean seeks another drop,Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself.The RopeShows the dark side of Antipholus of Ephesuss temperThe RingReflects the Courtesans real priorities—business over pleasureThe ChainSymbolizes the Antipholus twins’ link to the residents of EphesusSymbolsServant to Antipholus of Ephesus; spirited jokester despite his masters rough treatmentDromio of EphesusRight-hand man to Antipholus of Syracuse; dependable but easily frightenedDromio of SyracuseHotheaded Ephesian merchant; cheats on his wife; doesn’t know he has a twinAntipholus of EphesusSeafaring merchant; honest and nervous; comes to Ephesus to find his long-lost twinAntipholus of SyracuseMain CharactersShakespeare had just arrived in London when he penned The Comedy of Errors. Drawing on Latin literature from his schoolboy days, he produced an updated version of the Menaechmi—an ancient Roman comedy about twins—embellishing the story with elements of medieval legend and contemporary European culture.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE15641616AuthorThe visitors from Syracuse are frightened by Ephesus because they think it is haunted.The SupernaturalAntipholus of Syracuse goes to great lengths to reunite with his family.Family TiesNobody can tell the twins apart, leading to all sorts of errors.”Mistaken IdentitySeparated in infancy, twin brothers—both named Antipholus—growup in different cities, each unaware of what has happened to the other. After searching for his brother in Greece and Asia, Antipholus ofSyracuse comes to the port city of Ephesus, where everyone seemsto know his name.A Tale of Long-Lost TwinsTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1589–94Years WrittenWilliam ShakespeareAuthorThe Comedy of ErrorsComedyPlay

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