In a play involving so many mischievous schemes, language is an important tool. Characters’ feelings and intentions are obscured as often as they are illuminated by their language. Miscommunication – both intentional and unintentional – is a common source of drama, and strong language is as likely to be a deception as a symptom of true feeling. Related to deception, most characters tend to take for granted that what others say is actually true, without considering other points of evidence. It’s almost as if the characters don’t believe others could possibly lie. This, of course, leads to more troubles.
Language is a social register that conveys both the station and the intelligence of characters. The quicker a character’s speech, the more thoughtful he or she is.
Communication is less important in this play than miscommunication.