The Comedy of Errors | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 49 pages of analysis & critique of The Comedy of Errors.
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SOURCE: Parker, Patricia. “Shakespeare and the Bible: The Comedy of Errors.Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry 13, no. 3 (1993): 47-72.

In the following essay, Parker illuminates the significance of scriptural allusions to the structure and theme of The Comedy of Errors.

The Comedy of Errors is still part of the Shakespeare canon whose wider resonances have yet to be explored, despite recent attempts to rescue it from the long-standing charge of simple-minded “farce.” What is particularly striking about it is that it combines a classical plot structure from Plautine comedy (doubling the Menaechmi's mistaken identities by featuring not one but two sets of twins) with an extraordinary concentration of biblical echoes still largely uninterpreted. My own experience with this play, however, repeatedly convinces me of the critical importance—stressed from beginning to end in the work of Northrop Frye—of typological networks of biblical allusion as an interpretive tool...

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