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by William Shakespeare

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Title:Comedy of Errors (Wordsworth Classics)
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Wordsworth Editions (1999), Paperback, 112 pages
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The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare (1623)



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These are the essay prompts I wrote for my Shakespeare students for this play (and Titus):

The Veil of Anachronisms: How does Shakespeare pull a Christian veil over pagan settings? In plays that are set in pre-Christian eras (such as Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors), how do classical and Christian elements interact? Does adherence to one system preclude participation in the other? Or can one be both a good Christian and a devout pagan? How are Christian anachronisms used?

I've Got the Power: How is power represented in the plays? What metaphors, similes, and/or other literary devices are used to signify power? How is language used by people who are more or less empowered? How do form and content interact in the context of power (iambic pentameter, rhymed couplets, blank verse, prose, and other formal constraints could be considered alongside content)? Who is empowered to say what they desire? Who has to hold their tongue?
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
Obviously an earlier work. More slapstick than his more sophisticated humor in his later works. The unfortunate servants serve as the receiving end of a Punch and Judy show. I don't recall that type of humor in his other works. But the "punderful" use of the English language is there from the start. Not a very compelling play, but fun nonetheless. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 13, 2014 |
Have you ever seen the 1988 movie Big Business? If you have then you know the general idea of this play’s premise. Two sets of twins are born in the same place on the same night. One set of twins is wealthy, the other is not. The twins are separated at birth and one brother from each set end up growing up together as servant and master. Just to add to the confusion, the twins from each pair have the same name.

The play is one big case of mistaken identity. Friends, lovers, foes, everyone is completely confused as they run into the brothers and mistake them for their twin. I think this would be an incredibly entertaining play for kids to see, especially if they’re new to Shakespeare’s work. It’s easy to follow and contains lots of big laughs.

In later plays the Bard uses cases of mistaken identity and sets of twins to aid a larger story. This play feels like an early draft of the greater work to come, but it lacks the depth of his other plays.

BOTTOM LINE: This is the shortest and shallowest of Shakespeare’s comedies. I have a feeling it would be really fun to see performed live, but it doesn’t work as well in the written form. ( )
  bookworm12 | Oct 4, 2013 |
I very much enjoyed this comedy about two sets of twins. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
Pas ma préférée de Shakespeare mais tout de même, des bons moments et un plaisir à lire! ( )
  Moncoinlecture | Apr 4, 2013 |
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Proceed, Solinus, to procure my fall
And, by the doom of death, end woes and all.
Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
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Please do not combine The Comedy of Errors (No Fear Shakespeare) with The Comedy of Errors.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743484886, Mass Market Paperback)

Each edition includes:

· Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

· Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

· Scene-by-scene plot summaries

· A key to famous lines and phrases

· An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

· An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

· Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

Essay by Arthur F. Kinney

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe.

In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

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Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is arrested in Ephesus. Aegeon tells Solinus, the Duke of Ephesus, his tale: he was shipwrecked many years ago while sailing with his wife, Aemilia, and two pairs of identical twins--their twin sons, both named Antipholus, and twin servants, both named Dromio. In the course of the storm, his wife, one of their sons, and one their servants, were lost. At eighteen, Aegeon had allowed the remaining Antipholus and Dromio to leave Syracuse for Ephesus to search for their long-lost twins, at which point both of them had disappeared as well. After five years, Aegeon had come to Ephesus to find them.… (more)

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