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Prince Escalus is a character from William Shakespeare 's tragedy Romeo and Juliet .

Role Edit

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Vondie Curtis-Hall as Prince in 1996 Romeo+Juliet

Prince Escalus is a ruler in Verona, and kinsman to Paris and Mercutio . Prince is seen three times throughout the play. Once in the beginning, when he is breaking up the fray in the public space, started by Sampson and Gregory and later joined by Tybalt . Twice in the middle, after Tybalt and Mercutio have been killed and Lady Capulet is begging justice -- in this scene, Prince is speaking with Benvolio , asking him what happened to cause such a terrible thing to take place. Prince, in this scene, is the one who decides to banish Romeo for killing Tybalt, since he believes that that is the most just thing to do without shedding any more blood than necessary. The last time we see him is at the very end of the play. Prince tells the fathers of the dead lovers to look upon it and see what the feud has truly cost them -- six deaths in total. Prince, upon reading Romeo's letter, pieces the story together with the help of Friar Lawrence . Prince says that some shall be pardoned and some punished for what had happened.

Great Quotes Edit

"On pain of torture, from those bloody hands throw your mistemper'd weapons to the ground, and hear the sentence of your moved prince." -- Prince Escalus, 1.1

"If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace." -- Prince Escalus, 1.1

"Romeo slew him, he slew Mercutio; who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?" -- Prince Escalus, 3.1

"A glooming peace this morning with it brings; The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: go hence, to have more talk of these sad things; some shall be pardon'd, and some punished: for never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo." -- Prince Escalus, 5.3

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