| Quote #1
Egeon’s sadness sets the opening tone for the play. Whatever is going on in his life, his suffering is so bad that death is a better alternative. (Which seems contrary to a play called The Comedy of Errors, unless this hopelessness is another error…)
| Quote #2
Adriana reveals here that she’s being more than whiny – she seems to really be suffering. Because the suffering is not physical pain, she is expected to be silent and bear it. Though Adriana herself seems to see little difference between physical and emotional pain, she seems to recognize that society dictates that emotional pain is less valid, and thus women should bear emotional wounds in silence.
| Quote #3
E. Dromio seems to accept beatings and suffering as part of his duty to E. Antipholus and Adriana. Though he makes light of his suffering, he never rails against it, nor does he inspire his masters to reflect on their cruelty. The nature of his suffering seems farcical and playful, rather than physically violent and seriously messed up.