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MonkeyNotes-The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
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LIST OF CHARACTERS

Major Characters

Antipholus of Ephesus - citizen of Ephesus and ward to the Duke of Ephesus. He is also the lost twin of Antipholus of Syracuse, son of the merchant of Egeon and his wife Emilia. He lives with his wife Adriana at the Phoenix, and their life is fairly uncomplicated until his twin arrives in the city of Ephesus. Then the confusion begins and sets the action in motion for the entire play.

Antipholus of Syracuse - son of the merchant Egeon and his wife Emilia, and twin to Antipholus of Ephesus. He has been voyaging abroad in search of his lost twin, and thus comes upon the shores of Ephesus. His arrival, though leading to a great deal of confusion, also serves the purpose of saving his father's life and bringing about a reunion of his long separated family.

Dromio of Ephesus and Dromio of Syracuse - long separated twin brothers and servants to the Antipholus twins. They add to the action of the play by further complicating the plot, which is based on the confusion arising out of the mistaken identities of the two pairs of twins.


Adriana - wife of Antipholus of Ephesus. Her jealous and possessive nature contributes to the humors of the play, especially when she accuses the wrong Antipholus of being unfaithful and drags him into her chamber, while she believes he is bewitched.

Luciana - loyal sister and confidante of Adriana. She counsels Adriana on the folly of jealousy and fruitlessly urges Antipholus of Syracuse to have her sister, who she wrongly believes is his wife. Instead, he woos her, much to her surprise.

Egeon - merchant of Syracuse, husband of Emilia, and father to the Antipholus twins. He has sailed the seas for five years in search of his family, and having landed on an enemy shore, is doomed to death by the Duke of Ephesus, unless he can gather a 1000 marks to pay as ransom, before the end of the day.

Emilia - Abbess at Ephesus, wife of Egeon, separated from him, but always in hope of a reunion with her family. She comes into the action as a sort of religious and benign arbitrator who brings an end to all the confusion that has been triggered off by the two sets of identical twins.

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