Introduction to Escalus
The image to the right is an 1830s Lord Leighton Frederic painting. Escalus is the figure in the center.
Escalus in Romeo and Juliet
In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, the character Escalus is the prince of Verona and takes the role of mediator between the feuding families of the Capulets and the Montagues. Prince Escalus is a relative of Mercutio and Count Paris and is the marshal law of the land. Escalus could be considered as the chorus of the play.
Escalus in Measure for Measure
In Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure, the character Escalus is an elderly Duke. The play Measure for Measure is set in Vienna.
Role of Escalus in Romeo and Juliet
Escalus dislikes the feud between the two warring families of Capulet and Montague and tries to make peace between the two houses, heavily sanctioning it wherever possible. Escalus makes it clear in the play that if there are any more fights, the person who started it will be executed. He exiles Romeo for killing Tybalt, a Capulet. He also delivers the famous final lines of the play: “For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” — Prince Escalus, Romeo and Juliet
Escalus' late cousin Count Paris was slain by Romeo.
Escalus is only present in: Act I, scene I; Act III, scene I; and Act V, scene III.
Origin of the name EscalusThe name, Escalus, comes from the latin word "scales" and echoes Prince Escalus' position of moral authority in Verona.
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The image to the left is by Lord Leighton Frederic and is titled The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets Over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet (1853-55)