- Adriana thinks it is foolishness to submit so easily and she describes it as being as "asses" (Act 2, scene 1, line 14)
- Luciana continues her argument with more references to animals "The beasts, the fishes, and the winged fowls" (Act 2, scene 1, lines 18-20).
- Antipholus S. likens himself to a drop of water that has plunged into the ocean to seek another drop (his twin brother and mother), losing his own identity in the process. ( Act 1, scene 2, lines 35-40)
- The water image ties in with the background story of the forced separation of Egeon's family and the two sets of twins by means of a shipwreck at sea. The ocean is vast, and a drop of water is minuscule, heightening the sense of the impossibility of the family's reunion and the miraculous nature of that reunion when it finally happens.
Dromio S.'s extended comparison of the body of the (as he says) fat and unattractive Nell to the globe of the earth and the parts of her body to different countries has one purpose only, to make the audience laugh (Act 3, scene 2, lines 111ff.).