The Comedy of Errors - Stuff that happens in the play

Stuff that happens in the play

  • Because of a feud between the cities of Ephesus and Syracuse, Duke Solinus (of Ephesus) condemns Egeon (a merchant from Syracuse) to death.
  • Egeon recounts the story of his life:
Twenty-five years earlier, he and his wife, Emelia, had twin sons (both named Antipholus) who were attended by twin servants (both named Dromio).  On a sea voyage, a storm separated Egeon, one son, and one servant from Egeon’s wife, the other son, and the other servant.  Eighteen years later, Egeon’s son left Syracuse with his servant to search for his lost brother.  When his son did not return, Egeon left Syracuse to search for Antipholus but wandered for years before being arrested by Duke Solinus in Ephesus.
  • The Duke grants Egeon one day to secure a ransom.
  • Unaware of his father’s situation or location, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive in Ephesus.
  • Unknown to both Egeon and Antipholus of Syracuse, the other Antipholus lives in Ephesus with his wife Adriana, her sister Luciana, and his lifelong servant Dromio.
  • Antipholus of Syracuse sends his Dromio to secure their lodging.
  • Adriana sends her Dromio to fetch her husband home to dinner.
  • Confusions, mistaken identities, beatings, arrests, and errors ensue.

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