The sense created by the Syracuse-Ephesus story and the entire theme of debt is that of a cruelly binding chain of cause and effect that ties the characters up in fear, deception, distress and jealousy, and banishes love, forgiveness, and friendship. has, in the view of his wife, neglected his marital obligations to her, thereby incurring an emotional debt.
Identity That this is a play about identity is heralded by the presence of two sets of identical twins who have been separated since they were babies.
In Ephesus, each twin is constantly mistaken for his brother, leading him to question who he is.
Luciana's sense of identity within marriage contrasts with Adriana's.
She believes that men are naturally lords over their wives, and wants to learn to obey before she learns to love.