THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY AND THE COMIC CONTRACT

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THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY AND THE COMIC CONTRACT ESTHER AND THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

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THE COMEDY ORIGINATED IN GREECE WITH ARISTOPHANES OLD COMEDY ARISTOPHANES (448-380 BCE) NEW COMEDY MENANDER (342-291 BCE) THE SPLENDOR OF THE PERSIAN COURT

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Synopsis of The Comedy of errors

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Comedic tropes

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Stock characters Interfering servants Mistaken identities and intrigue Comedic tropes

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THE INSTABILITY OF IDENTITY Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse: Do you know me, sir? am I Dromio? am I your man? am I myself? Act II Scene II

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The comic contract RULE AND MISRULE: UNRULINESS IN THE COMEDY WHO ENTERS THE WRONG DOOR? RESTORATION OF ORDER MAKING THE COMPACT

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If we shadows have offended think but this, and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream gentles, do not reprehend: if you pardon, we will mend: and as I am an honest puck if we have unearned luck now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue we will make amends ere long else the puck a liar call; so good night unto you all. Give me your hands if we be friends, and robin shall restore amends. A midsummer night’s dream, Act v, scene I PUCK

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DROMIO EPHESUS: will you walk in to see their gossiping? DROMIO SYRACUSE: not I sir; you are my elder DROMIO E.: that’s a question: how shall we try it? DROMIO S: we will draw cuts for the senior; till then, lead thou first. DROMIO E: nay, then thus: We came into the world like brother and brother: And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another. Act V, Scene I

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Esther 9:27-31

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Esther 10

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