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Compare Antipholus of Ephesus to Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare's play The Comedy of Errors.

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Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse are a set of twins who have been separated for some twenty-five years. Antipholus of Ephesus is the older, and Antipholus of Syracuse is the younger.

Antipholus of Syracuse has been raised by his father, Aegeon, a merchant of some good wealth. Due to his being away from home, Antipholus of Syracuse is presented as curious when he arrives in Ephesus, telling his servant he will “lose [himself] and wander up and down to view the city” (act 1, scene 2) despite being weary with travel. He has traveled to Ephesus with the purpose of finding his long-lost brother as well as his mother. He began asking about his lost twin and mother several years prior to the time of the play, and this longing has made him a lonely and melancholy man. These emotions are presented in his many soliloquies and asides.

Antipholus of Ephesus has been raised by his mother, Aemilia, who is the abbess of a nunnery, and he therefore likely grew up with little money....

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