The Comedy of Errors





INTRODUCTION

The Shakespeare play that I did was “The Comedy of Errors”. The Comedy of Errors was one of Shakespeare’s earliest works. The play was first performed at Gray’s Inn on December 28, 1594. The Comedy was very popular. In 1938, a musical adaptation of the play was known as The Boys from Syracuse. Of course the author of this play is William Shakespeare. The theme in this play is a romance along with comedic performances also in it.
Synopsis
Many years ago Egeon a merchant of Syracuse was in a shipwreck in which he was separated from some of his family. His wife, Emilia, from one of his twin sons, then Antipholus of Ephesus, and the son’s slave Dromio of Ephesus. With Egeon, were the slave’s twin Dromio of Syracuse and Egon’s remaining son Antipholus of Syracuse. When Antipholus of Syracuse was old enough he set out to find his missing brother. Years after that Egeon then went and looked for his remaining son, and then the play begins.
When the play begins Egeon is captured by Duke Solinus in the hostile city of Ephesus. Egeon is going to be sentenced to death right away, until he tells Solinus his story and he feels bad for him so he puts his death off until nightfall. However Egeon must come up with a ransom of thousand marks.
Antipholus of Syracuse arrives with his slave in Ephesus, where Antipholu’s twin brother, his wife Adariana and their twin slave live. Antipholus of Syracuse abuses Dromio of Ephesus because he was nagging him to go out to dinner. Adriana locks her real husband out of the house because she mistakes the Syracusan twin for the Ephesian. The other Dromio is going to be beaten because he ordered a gold chain to his brother s house and refuses to pay it. He ends up getting arrested for it. Meanwhile Antipholus of Ephesus demands that his father, Egeon has his death sentenced dropped. However the Duke does not agree. In the end the Syracusan twins come from an abbey where they had been taken refuge, and all the problems are resolved. The Abbess, who turns out to be Egeons long lost wife Emilia invites all of them at the end to discuss this “one day’s error” and “make full satisfaction”.

Characters
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus- Man who sentenced Egeon to death.
Egeon, Merchant of Syracuse- Lost his family in a shipwreck. Also he is sentenced to death by the Duke of Ephesus.
Antipholus of Ephesus- One of Egeon lost sons. His wife seems like she wants to drive him mad.
Antipholus of Syracuse- The second of Egeons lost sons.
The two Dromios- Slaves to the twin Antipholus. They both look exactly alike, and both take beatings by their master.
Adriana- Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus.
Emilia- Long lost wife of Egeon, and also becomes an Abbess at Ephesus. At the end of the story she invites the entire cast over her house for a party and to talk about the day’s events.
Angelo- An Ephesian goldsmith who delivers the gold chain to one of the Dromio twins which lead to problems.
Doctor Pinch- A wacky proto-psychiartrist called “school-master”. He is the only one who is not allowed to go to Emilia’s party at the end.
Luciana- Adriana’s sister.
Balthazar- A merchant.
Luce- Adriana’s servant.
Act 1-Scene 1
The cities of Syracuse and Ephesus do not get along. Egeon has been captured and sentenced to death by the Duke of Ephesus. Egeon tells the Duke about his story of how is family and him were separated and the Duke gives him till night before he is killed.
Along with his wife, twin sons who are both named Antipholus and twin slaves both named Dromio all were in the same shipwreck years ago. The one son survived with the father and the others with the mother. None of people knew were each other were. When Antipholus of Syracuse turned eighteen he set out to find his brother. Egeon became worried and set out to find Antipholus, but could not find him, and that is how he ended up in Ephesus.
Act 1-Scene 2
Antipholus of Syracuse, who is now called Antipholus of S. leaves the merchant and gives his servant a 1,000 marks to