The Comedy of Errors | Critical Essay by Douglas Green

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of The Comedy of Errors.
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Critical Essay by Douglas Green

SOURCE: Green, Douglas. “Mother's Word and The Comedy of Errors: Notes Toward a Shakespearean Constitution of Patriarchy.” Upstart Crow 15 (1995): 17-25.

In the following essay, Green analyzes the representation of the mother figure within the patriarchal social system of The Comedy of Errors.

I. Mommy's Dearest

To begin with, we live in a situation in which the consecrated (religious or secular) representation of femininity is subsumed under maternity. Under close examination, however, this maternity turns out to be an adult (male and female) fantasy of a lost continent: what is involved, moreover, is not so much an idealized primitive mother as an idealization of the—unlocalizable—relationship between her and us, an idealization of primary narcissism.1

In Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, Antipholus of Syracuse expresses the loss of self to which his alienation from the...

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