Analysis 5 Articles on the Comedy of Errors

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1. The play 3 1.1 Summary 3 1.2 Main themes 4 1.3 Research topic 5 2. Literature study 6 2.1 Article 1 6 2.1.1 Summary 6 2.1.2 Analysis 7 2.2 Article 2 9 2.2.1 Summary 9 2.2.2 Analysis 10 2.3 Article 3 11 2.3.1 Summary 11 2.3.2 Analysis 12 2.4 Article 4 13 2.4.1 Summary 13 2.4.2 Analysis 14 2.5 Article 5 15 2.5.1 Summary 15 2.5.2 Analysis 16 4. Global evaluation 17 5. Bibliography 20

1. The play
1.1 Summary

The Comedy of Errors is a play that takes place at one day in one place: Ephesus. The play begins with a long speech by Egeon, a Syracusian merchant who is facing execution if he does not pay a fine of a thousand marks, since there is a law that forbids the presence of Syracusian merchants in Ephesus. In order to explain why he is in Ephesus, Egeon tells the duke how his family was separated due to a shipwreck, leaving him behind with one of his twin sons and one of the slaves he bought for his sons. Five years earlier, Antipholus of Syracuse, the son that was left behind with Egeon, went on a quest to find his identical twin brother, accompanied by his slave Dromio of Syracuse (who also has a twin brother). When his son did not return, Egeon himself went to search for him and therefore arrived in Ephesus. The duke is moved by this story, and grants Egeon one day to pay his fine.
The same day, Antipholus of Syracuse arrives in Ephesus, accompanied by his slave Dromio of Syracuse. Once they arrive there, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse are constantly mistaken for their twin brothers Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus. From this moment on, the play offers a succession of various mistakes: there are several wrongful beatings of the Dromios, because they often serve the wrong master, since they cannot see the difference between them; Antipholus of Syracuse accidentally shares dinner with Adriana, the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus; Antipholus of Ephesus is refused entry to his own house, gets



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