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Book Report/Review sample - Shakespeares Comedy of Errors
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is considered a classic for multiple reasons. It is today, still performed, studied and watched by a wide audience. His creation of characters in this play is one of the reasons why his plays are still alive. The humour, sympathy, and notion of real feeling and emotion displayed by and through these characters are what make them lovable and easy to relate to.
Dromio states "no longer from head to foot than from hip to hip/ she is spherical, like a globe. I could find out countries in her."(Act III, sc.2, ln. 113-115). His cleverness of humorously comparing her to a globe grabs the audience's attention. Even if the audience may not find the joke funny, they are still able to recognize Dromio's cleverness in making the joke. This clever humour stated by Dromio of Syracuse grasps the audience's attention and draws them to like Dromio's character in the play.
The interplay between the two identical servants and their identical masters, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, makes the characters more interesting and realistic. When a course of confusing action takes place during the play, Antipholus of Syracuse is brought to think that he has just seen his servant Dromio of Syracuse, when really he has seen the twin brother Dromio of Ephesus. Dromio of Syracuse irritates his master when he assures him that he has not seen him since half an hour. Even after Antipholus of Syracuse is angry, Dromio replies calmly saying "I am glad to see you in this merry vein. / What means this jest I pray you master, tell me." (Act II, sc.2, ln. 19-20). Dromio of Syracuse's courage to speak out and make fun of a confusing situation is easily noticed and picked up by the audience. ...
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