The Comedy of Errors Characters

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Critics often note the similarities between the Syracusan and Ephesian Dromios, but they rarely note any similar qualities in their masters, the Syracusan and Ephesian Antipholi twins. Physically they are identical, but their personalities are vastly different. We first meet Antipholus of Syracuse as he arrives in Ephesus, a somewhat downtrodden, melancholy man in search of his long-lost brother. He believes he will somehow find his identity in his twin. Antipholus of Ephesus, on the other hand, knows exactly who he is a well-known, well-respected businessman with a wife, home, and flourishing business. The chaos and madness that serve as foils to their reunion, which ultimately takes place in the closing scene, cause them both to confront their own identities in their interactions with the people of Ephesus. Antipholus of Syracuse is met and greeted by people he has never seen...

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