Comedy Of Errors: The Two Dromios
Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus; identical twins. So identical that even their own masters cannot tell them apart. The audience can though, with the means of slight differences in costume and body language. Dromio of Ephesus walks with a very halting-lumbering gate. He is always hunched over, almost as if he is just waiting to be beaten by his master or mistress. His voice, when he talks, is slightly shaky, stuttering and nervous. E. Dromio’s smile is that of a goof with droopy eyes. His twin, Dromio of Syracuse, is almost opposite to his brother’s body language. S. Dromio walks upright with confidence, talks clearly to his master, and very witty. In Act 2 Scene 2, when S. Antipholus is cross with his slave and beats him, S. Dromio seems shocked at first and then is quick to humor Antipholus with a “balding” joke. The audience can tell that S. Dromio is quite smart and has a close relationship with his master, S. Antipholus, unlike his twin. In Act 4 Scene 4, Adriana tells E. Antipholus that he dined at home, Antipholus says, “Dined at home?” as he turns around to collect E. Dromio as his witness. Dromio is hunched over, hands clenched together to his chest and in the protective arms of the officer. When Antipholus puts his arm around him, Dromio flinches and he scrunches his face in anticipation of being hit. In this scene the audience has a definitive idea that these two characters have a quintessential “master-slave” relationship. In the last scene of the play, the Abbess is speaking to both Dromios and the differences are evident. Dromio of Syracuse stands on the right, with both hands on his hips, his head held high and his body fully erect. Unlike his twin, Dromio of Ephesus is almost leaning on a stick, his back slightly hunched over. The color difference in their clothes is unmistakable. S. Dromio’s clothes are crisp white and green. His leather cord on his shirt is tied and his belt is...
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