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Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors
Transcript of Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors
Has been traveling the world to find his family.
He worries that in searching for his lost family members, he has somehow lost himself.
Antipholus’s disorientation is intensified during his stay in Ephesus. Dromio of Syracuse
Message: theme: nature v. nurture
issue: nurture plays a larger role in an identity The son of Egeon and twin of Antipholus.
Also married to Adriana.
He's well-respected merchant in Ephesus.
He owns a house called the Phoenix.
He served bravely in the army and is a favorite of Duke Solinus.
He is very settled and well established: he has much to lose in the confusion and chaos. Dromio of Ephesus
& are surprisingly very similar. They both... Are witty.
Grumble frequently. In other words, they are the bumbling, comical slaves of their masters. Yet endure endless
abuse from their masters. & Antipholus of Syracuse Antipholus of Ephesus Act 1 Scene 1 Scene 2 Act 2 Act 3 Act 4
Act 5 Duke: Nay, forward, old man, do not break off so;
For we may pity though not pardon thee. Have warts on their left arm. S Ant: I am not in a sportive humour now.
Tell me and dally not, where is the money? Just in case... A Little About Shakespeare a portrait after his death... Moden Adaptations (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) hasty wedding @
Nov 27, 1582 Comedy of Errors
1,777 lines 1601 "Acceptable Entertainment"
by court Similar THEME & ISSUE Message: theme: nature v. nurture
issue: nurture plays a larger role in an identity John Aubrey spread gossip that Shakespeare took up father's trade (leather-making) a century after Shakespeare's death. Actor Playwright E Dro: I mean not cuckold-mad;
But, sure, he is stark mad.
When I desired him to come home to dinner,
He asked me for a thousand marks in gold.
“‘Tis dinnertime,” quoth I. “My gold!” quoth he.
“Your meat doth burn,” quote I. “My gold!” quoth he.
Will you not come home?” quoth I. “My gold!” quoth he;
“Where is the thousand marks I gave thee, villain?”
“The pig,” quoth I, “is burned.” “My gold!” quoth he.
“My mistress, sir,” quoth I. “hang up thy mistress!
I know not thy mistress; out on they mistress!”
Luc: Quoth who?
E Dro: Quoth my master: S. Dro: Because it is a blessing that he bestows on beasts;
and what he hath scanted men in hair he hath given them in wit. Scene 1 Scene 2 E Dro: Maud, Bridget, Marian, Cicely, Gillian, Ginn!
S Dro: (within) Mome, malt-horse, capon, coxcomb, idiot, patch!
Either get thee from the door or sit down at the hatch. S Dro: Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?
S Ant: Thou art Dromio, thou art my man, thou art thyself.
S Dro: As from a bear a man would run for life,
So fly I from her that would be my wife.
S Ant: There’s none but witches do inhabit here;
And therefore ‘tis high time I were hence.
She doth call me husband even my sould
Doth for a wife abhor. But her fair sister,
Possessed with such a gentle, sovereign grace,
Of such enchanting presence and discourse,
Hath almost made me traitor to myself:
But, lest myself be guilty to self-wrong,
I’ll stop mine ears against the mermaid’s song. Scene 1 Scene 2 S. Ant: Satan, avoid! I charge thee, tempt me not.
S. Dro: Master, is this Mistress Satan?
S Ant: It is the Devil:
S Dro: Nay, she is worse, she is the Devil’s dam(mother), and here she comes in the
habit of a light wench; Pinch: I charge thee, Satan, housed within this man,
to yield possession to my holy prayers
And thy state of darkness hie thee straight:
I conjure thee by all the saints in Heaven!
E Ant: Peace, doting wizard! I am not mad. Scene 4 Scene 3 Duke: And so, of these, which is the natural man
And which the spirit? Who deciphers them?
S. Dro: There is a fat friend at your master’s house
That kitchened me for you today at dinner.
She now shall be my sister, not my wife. Scene 1