Tragedy Averted: The Role of Social Class in Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”

The mistaken identities of twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, and their slaves Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse, facilitate the comedy upon which Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors pivots. A common feature of Shakespeare’s later plays is a comedic sub-plot following lower-born characters; the action in this often reflecting or refracting … Read moreTragedy Averted: The Role of Social Class in Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”

The Identity of Adriana in The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors, written by William Shakespeare and first performed by 1594, largely deals with the concept of identity, from the farcical mistaken identities of twins Antipholus and Dromio, to the roles of the women around them. In an exploration of accepted gender norms, readers can easily note that the key women in the … Read moreThe Identity of Adriana in The Comedy of Errors

Depiction of Adriana vs. Wife in The Comedy of Errors and The Brothers Manaechmus

The Comedy of Errors, written by William Shakespeare, is mirrored to a major extent by Plautus’s play The Brothers Manaechmus, both of which deal with the issue of separated twins who find themselves in the same town and are mistaken for each other. However, although Shakespeare draws his work off of the basic plot structure … Read moreDepiction of Adriana vs. Wife in The Comedy of Errors and The Brothers Manaechmus

The Course of Law: The Legal System in The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Erros

William Shakespeare includes a Duke to represent the utmost authority figure in many of his plays. In The Comedy of Errors and The Merchant of Venice, both Dukes hold complete control—or, at least, what they perceive to be complete control—over their respective regions. Shakespeare uses these two characters to show how “authority” is oftentimes an … Read moreThe Course of Law: The Legal System in The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Erros

The Comedy of Errors and Plautus

One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays (its first recorded performance in December 1594), The Comedy of Errors has frequently been dismissed as pure farce, unrepresentative of the playwright’s later efforts. While Errors may very well contain farcical elements, it is a complex, layered work that draws upon and reinterprets Plautine comedy. Shakespeare combines aspects of these … Read moreThe Comedy of Errors and Plautus

Separation and Unity as Themes That Create Order in The Comedy of Errors

Shakespearian comedies often address the widely-accepted notion in Elizabethan England that suggested that order and balance should prevail both in the world and in performed representations of the world, even if the form of the plays often employed a sense of comic disorder. Social, noble, and spiritual hierarchies are described through language and events in … Read moreSeparation and Unity as Themes That Create Order in The Comedy of Errors

“Disfigure” Dissected: A Close Reading of The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew

Within The Comedy of Errors by the venerable William Shakespeare, there comes a hectic bit in the first scene of the fifth act whereupon a lowly messenger brings disturbing news to Adriana: “Mistress, upon my life I tell you true / I have not breathed since I did see it / He cries for you … Read more“Disfigure” Dissected: A Close Reading of The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew