My teacher wants me to write a extend scene of this play. What should I write as a comedy?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is a challenging task to write something in addition to Plautus's comedy.  Plautus established a fairly strong archetype of humor in the "mistaken identity" element.  I think that an interesting and perhaps rather progressive additional scene would involve the auctioning at the end of the drama.  The comedy's ending calls for the wife of Menaechmus of Epidamnum to be auctioned off along with the other possessions that Menaechmus owns.  Converting everything to cash, the wife is called to be auctioned off.  I think that an interesting and humorous twist might be if Erotium has the ability to bid for the wife and both women conspire to teach both brothers a lesson.  Perhaps, Erotium could use Peniculus as the agent at the auction, using the payment as the mean that she owed to him.  

Once the wife of Menaechmus of Epidamnum aligns with Erotium, they could both devise a way in which they alter their looks to lure both brothers and teach them both a lesson and take the recently auctioned off cash and leave both of them.  This sequence is able to work off of the Plautus idea of mistaken identity, provided a way in which both women could transform their looks.  Being a courtesan, it seems logical that Erotium would be able to transform the looks of both women to be different in order to ensnare both men.  At the same time, this scene inverts the traditional narrative. The ending to Plautus's comedy is where both men are able to come together as a response to mistaken identity. This additional scene would show how women could come together, pulling an idea from Aristophanes' Lysistrata. In making a statement about gender unity, the comic element could be present and add a unique dimension to Plautus's comedy.


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Edward11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I also need add a new stock character in the new scene which is specailized in my list and cannot be same type of stock character in the play. I have adulescens, senex, leno, miles gloriosus, uxor,virgo. I want to add miles gloriosus which sounds like a new stock character. I also have another question. In the play who is adulescens an senex? I type all these in my question but it did not show on my question. I may be make some mistakes. This is my first time use enote. Sorry. Finally, does this play relate to Lysistrata? I also need to write a review for Lysistrata. Thank you for pay attention.