The Twins In Shakespeare's Comedy Of Errors

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Just because two people have similar appearances, it does not mean that they act similarly or behave similarly. A prime example of this is the play The Comedy of Errors. Throughout the play, the two sets of twins are being mistaken for their twin, and even though they look similar, the characters that the two sets of twins come into contact with seem to notice that the twins do not act in their usual manner. That is due to the fact that they are not the people that the other characters think they are. Twins may be identical in appearance, but not in behavior, attitude, or personality; and the two Antipholus’ and Dromios both convey different messages to the audience. Examples of this are, how the twins handle stress and difficult situations; how one Antipholus has soliloquies and is often alone, while the other is usually with a crowd of people; and how one Antipholus usually initiates the confusion then the other Antipholus has to deal with the resulting stressful situation.

Everyone deals with stress in a different way, and that even applies to twins. Throughout The Comedy of Errors, it is obvious that Antipholus of Syracuse deals with difficult situations differently than Antipholus of Ephesus. One such example is when Antipholus of Syracuse starts beating Dromio of Syracuse, but then goes into a long debate with Dromio about wether there is no time for all things, and Antipholus ends the debate with a joke. Antipholus of Syracuse: “You would all this time have proved there is no time for all things.” Dromio of Syracuse: “Marry, and did sir: namely, e’en no time to recover hair lost by nature.” Antipholus of Syracuse: “But your reason was not substantial why there is no time to recover.” Dromio of Syracuse: “Thus I mend it: Time himself is bald and therefore, to the world’s end, will have bald followers.” Antipholus of Syracuse: “I knew ‘twould be a bald conclusion. But soft, who wafts us yonder?” (2.2.109-119). This shows that Antipholus of Syracuse is a pretty easy-going guy and can easily be calmed down. On the other hand, Antipholus of Ephesus has a major problem with his temper, and it takes a lot to calm him down. One such example is the messenger’s account of what happens when Antipholus of Ephesus and Dromio of Ephesus get out of their bondage. Messenger: “O mistress, mistress, shift and save yourself. My master and his man are both broke loose, beaten the maids a-row, and bound the doctor, whose beard they have singed off with brands of fire, and ever as it blazed they threw on him great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair. My master preaches patience to him, and while his man with scissors nicks him like a fool; and sure, unless you send some peasant help, between them they will kill the conjurer”(5.1.172-182). In account of this, it shows that just because a person may look like another person, they do not behave the same way.
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