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The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

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What are the conflicts in The Comedy Of Errors?

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Although his shortest work, The Comedy of Errors remains one of William Shakespeare's most loved plays. In its time, the slapstick comedy was extremely popular, and Shakespeare's use of language reinforced the satire and farce.

The major conflict in the story is between the two sets of identical twins, who were separated at birth and who grew into similar stations in life. Both of the Antipholus twins became masters to the Dromio twins. They are conflicted both in their personal lives and are regularly confused by others. This is a conflict of identity.

Another conflict comes from the two Antipholus twins and their loved ones; one has a wife who suspects him of infidelity and the other falls in love with the wife's sister, unknown to either his twin or the wife. This is a conflict of love.

Another conflict comes from the stations of the two sets of twins; while it is not resolved, there is a lot of misunderstanding and strife between the one set who are nobles, and the other set who are servants. In particular, the unmarried Dromio is appalled at his counterpart's wife, where the noble twins have attractive love interests. The lack of resolution here is due to the cultural norm of having servants in the time. This is a conflict of station.

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