Prince Escalus is the Prince of an independent Italian city, Verona. He stands as a supreme power over the welfare of the city, he is concerned mainly about maintaining the public peace at all costs. He appears at the opening of the play as a director, in the middle as a watchful observer, and at the close as a judge.
Act 1 Scene 1: ‘Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel’
Act 3 Scene 1: ‘Romeo slew him, he slew Mercutio; Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?’
Act 3 Scene 1: ‘And for that offence immediately we do exile him hence’
Act 5 Scene 3: ‘For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.’