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The play Amphitryon by Plautus revolves around a small circle of characters The major roles in the play are those of Amphitryon Jove and Alcamena Two slightly lesser roles though of equal importance are those of Mercury and Sosia These two characters act as main intermediaries for their masters This is one of the similarities I found in their roles However I also found many differences in these two characters I believe the roles of Mercury and Sosia to both be important ones with similarities as well as differences which can be clearly seen in their relationships with their masters the audience and Alcamena as wellI think that both Sosia and Mercury respect their masters Although in the beginning both characters complain about being servants Sosia says No easy job this serving a millionaire A rich mans servant leads a lousy life All his nights and days its just a constant strife7 This quote shows early in the play Sosias displeasure in being a servant Mercury complains about his service to Jove as well When he hears Sosia complain he states Hey Im the one who should complain that way Till Papa pressed me into service today Id no idea what slavery meant Now hes been used to being a slave8 Despite these complaints about slavery I think both of them enjoy serving their masters but for different reasons Early in the play Sosia tells the audience of how his master led us like a wonder9 He refers to the victory in battle Amphitryon had over the Thebans I believe that Sosia is rather proud of his service to Amphitryon and respects his masters nobility and bravery Mercury also shows signs of respect for Jove his master and father Mercury the patron god of thieves enjoys playing tricks and causing mischief I believe this to be the reason he enjoys helping his father in this situation Jove is playing one big joke on everyone
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