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The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

The Bible: "The pleasant punishment that women bear" (1.1.46); Woman as a vine in Psalm 128:3 (2.2.174); Adam (4.3.17); The Prodigal Son (5.3.19); Angels made of light (4.3.55)
Ovid: Metamorphoses – Woman as a vine (2.2.174)
Homer: The Odyssey – The sirens’ song (3.2.45); Circe’s cup (5.1.271)

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