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The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

  

by William Shakespeare

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 (2.2.185-187); Adam (4.3.16-17); The Prodigal Son (4.3.19); Angels made of light (4.3.57)
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses – Woman as a vine (2.2.185-187) 
  • Homer: The Odyssey – The sirens’ song (3.2.49); Circe’s cup (5.1.278)

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