The Comedy of Errors

Themes
The Comedy of Errors
Separated in infancy, twin brothers—both named Antipholus—grow up in different cities, each unaware of what has happened to the other. After searching for his brother in Greece and Asia, Antipholus of Syracuse comes to the port city of Ephesus, where everyone seems to know his name.
Dromio of Ephesus
Dromio of Syracuse
Antipholus of Ephesus
Antipholus of Syracuse
The visitors from Syracuse are frightened by Ephesus because they think it is haunted.
The Supernatural
Antipholus of Syracuse goes to great lengths to reunite with his family.
Family Ties
Nobody can tell the twins apart leading to all sorts of errors.
Mistaken Identity
Main Characters
Servant to Antipholus of Ephesus; spirited jokester despite his master's rough treatment
Right-hand man to Antipholus of Syracuse; dependable but easily frightened
Hotheaded Ephesian merchant; cheats on his wife; doesn't know he has a twin
Seafaring merchant; honest and nervous; comes to Ephesus to find his long-lost twin
Symbolizes the Antipholus twins' link to the residents of Ephesus
The Ring
The Chain
Shows the dark side of Antipholus of Ephesus's temper
Reflects the Courtesan's real priorities—business over pleasure
The Rope
Symbols
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
1564-1616
Shakespeare 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.
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