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Prince Escalus

character in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Prince Escalus is a character in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.[1] He is the Prince of Verona. He holds authority over the Montague and Capulet families who are feuding.[1] He first punishes Capulet and Montague for the quarrel between Tybalt, Benvolio, and a handful of servants. In his next appearance he is too late to stop the fatal fight between Romeo and Tybalt. After Romeo kills Tybalt, Prince Escalus banishes him from Verona.[2] Prince Escalus returns in the final scene after the suicides of Romeo and Juliet, and at last orders the lords of the feuding families to make peace.[3] The two make peace. Then Montague promises to make a golden statue of Juliet. Capulet promises to place a golden statue of Romeo next to the statue of their daughter.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Karen Jacobson, CliffsComplete Romeo and Juliet (New York: Hungry Minds, Inc., 2000), p. 37
  2. Emma Chastain, Sparknotes 101; Shakespeare (New York: Sparknotes, 2004), p. 227
  3. 3.0 3.1 Emma Chastain, Sparknotes 101; Shakespeare (New York: Sparknotes, 2004), p. 233