Romeo and Juliet

Prince Escalus Character Analysis

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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:
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Act 5, Scene 3 Quotes

For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Related Characters: Prince Escalus (speaker), Romeo, Juliet
Page Number: 5.3.119-120
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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
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...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
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Benvolio warns Romeo that the citizens of Verona have heard the fight and are coming. Prince Escalus will kill Romeo if he hears of what he’s done. Romeo, lamenting that he is... (full context)
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Lady Capulet accuses Benvolio of lying to protect the Montagues. Prince Escalus asks if Romeo is responsible for Tybalt’s spilt blood. Montague begs the prince to spare... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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...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)
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...alive, while Tybalt, who would have killed him, is dead. On top of it all, Prince Escalus has spared Romeo’s life. The friar tells Romeo to go visit Juliet and comfort her... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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...has now taken her own life for real. He orders his watchmen to go collect Prince Escalus , the Capulets, and the Montagues—he is determined to find out the cause of “all... (full context)
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Prince Escalus enters with his attendants, annoyed that he’s been risen from bed so early. Capulet and... (full context)
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Prince Escalus brings forth Balthasar and asks him to say his peace. Balthasar says that after he... (full context)
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Prince Escalus orders Montague and Capulet to “see what a scourge is laid upon [their] hate.” Because... (full context)
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As dawn begins to spread across the sky, Prince Escalus announces the arrival of “a glooming peace.” The day will be cloudy, he predicts—the sun... (full context)