The Prince of Verona. An imposing man who nonetheless struggles to control the violent, unruly members of House Montague and House Capulet as they feud and brawl endlessly in Verona’s streets, spilling blood and disturbing the peace. Prince Escalus warns both houses several times of the punishments they’ll endure if they continue fighting. In the end, however, when Romeo and Juliet are found dead, the prince concedes that “all are punished”—no one has been spared from the senseless grief that the two warring houses have perpetuated. Level-headed and fair, the prince is concerned with keeping Verona safe for all its citizens.
Prince Escalus Quotes in Romeo and Juliet
The Romeo and Juliet quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Escalus or refer to Prince Escalus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Romeo and Juliet published in 2004.).
Prince Escalus Character Timeline in Romeo and Juliet
The timeline below shows where the character Prince Escalus appears in Romeo and Juliet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
...begins taunting Montague, who in turn calls Capulet a “villain” and tries to fight him. Prince Escalus enters, ordering his “rebellious subjects” to lay down their weapons and stop their dangerous, infectious,... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
Act 3, Scene 3
...Friar Laurence feels pity for Romeo, who seems “wedded to calamity.” Romeo asks what punishment Prince Escalus has handed down, and the friar tells Romeo he is to be banished. Romeo states... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3