For this character analysis, I will take it upon myself to compare the traditional analyses of the various characters presented in this play with my own personal analyses of the characters based on how we had performed them. With that minor discretion out of the way, prepare yourself for the character analysis for some characters in The Comedy of Errors.
Antipholus of Syracuse
Traditional Analysis: The twin brother of Antipholus of Ephesus and the son of Aegeon; he has been traveling the world with his slave, Dromio of Syracuse, trying to find his long-lost brother and mother.
My Analysis: The twin brother of Antipholus of Ephesus, he is quite the hopeless romantic, and hopes to one day find the missing pieces to his identity.
Antipholus of Ephesus
Traditional Analysis: The twin brother of Antipholus of Syracuse and the son of Aegeon; he is a well-respected merchant in Ephesus and Adriana’s husband.
My Analysis: In more ways than one, the mirror image of his twin brother. He has a short temper, and is not afraid to do things, like sleep around, purely out of spite.
Dromio of Syracuse
Traditional Analysis: The bumbling, comical slave of Antipholus of Syracuse. He is the twin brother of Dromio of Ephesus.
My Analysis: One of the comical slaves, what sets him apart from his brother is that his comedy is slightly closer to someone like Chico Marx.
Dromio of Ephesus
Traditional Analysis: The bumbling, comical slave of Antipholus of Ephesus. He is the Syracusan Dromio’s twin brother.
My Analysis: The other comical slave, this slave’s humor is closer someone like Lou Costello.
Traditional Analysis: The wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, she is a fierce, jealous woman.
My Analysis: She is a woman who truly loves her husband, but she is well aware that he may not be the best man in the world, so it leaves her a little wary.
Traditional Analysis: Adriana’s unmarried sister and the object of Antipholus of Syracuse’s affections.
My Analysis: She thinks the world of her sister and hates Antipholus of Ephesus. She wants him to shape up because he is married to her sister.
Traditional Analysis: A Syracusan merchant, husband of the Abbess (Emilia), and the father of the two Antipholi. He is, like his Syracusan son, in search of the missing half of his family; he has been sentenced to death as the play begins.
My Analysis: The father of our Antipholi and the man who introduces the play.
Traditional Analysis: A goldsmith in Syracuse and a friend to Antipholus of Ephesus.
My Analysis: [See above].
Again, my analysis is solely based on how they were portrayed within our performance.