The Comedy of Errors Essay

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Source: "Identity and Representation in Shakespeare," in EIH, Vol. 49, No.2, Summer, 1982, pp. 345-46.

[In the following brief excerpt, Weller explores haw Antipholus of Syracuse ultimately fails in his search far the "confirmation and completion of his identity" in his twin brother. Not only is their reunion "diminished" by the second pair of twins, the Dromios, but more importantly, the "priority of corporate identities" takes precedence over personal identities. Weller uses Paul's letter to the Ephesians to show his solidarity subsumes selfhood.]

. . .. The problems which the discovery, or recovery, of the self may raise announce themselves very conspicuously in The Comedy of Errors, in which one twin voyages the Mediterranean in search of the other, the brother and mirror image from whom he has been separated since infancy. The object of his search is also, one might say, himself, refracted through otherness, or a figure who is at once...

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