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In "Romeo and Juliet", to which two characters is Prince Escalus related?

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babygurl97 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2009 at 1:24 AM via web

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In "Romeo and Juliet", to which two characters is Prince Escalus related?

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robertwilliam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted February 9, 2009 at 1:48 AM (Answer #1)

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Good question. There are two kinsmen of the Prince in the play, though this fact is very regularly overlooked in production. The two members of the royal family are Mercutio (no, he's not a Montague by birth, even if he is friends with them!) and Paris.

Here's what the Prince says at the very end of the play:

See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!
And I, for winking at you, discords too,
Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punish'd.

"A brace" - means two. And the two dead kinsmen of his are Mercutio and Paris.

Hope it helps!

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andrewnightingale | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted June 22, 2015 at 6:46 AM (Answer #3)

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In Act 3, scene 1, after the brawl in which Tybalt is killed, the Prince arrives on the scene, and upon witnessing the carnage, makes his relationship to one of the morbidly injured characters clear. He says:

I have an interest in your hate's proceeding,
My blood for your rude brawls doth lie a-bleeding;

In this instance we are not exactly sure who he is referring to. Tybalt or Mercutio? We only discover who it is in a later reference. The reference is made in the Prince's speech at the end of the play:

And I for winking at your discords too
Have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punish'd.

This is said after the discovery of Romeo, Juliet and Paris' bodies in the Capulet's crypt. We can only conclude that the "brace" (two) the Prince refers to, are Paris and Mercutio, since Romeo is not related in blood to either Mercutio, Paris, Juliet or Tybalt.

Although Juliet is related to Tybalt who had also been killed, we can correctly assume that the Prince is not referring to her, since he would have used an alternative means to refer to her, rather than include her in his reference to 'kinsmen". Also, there are no references in the play as to her being related to the prince or that she is of royal blood. We do, however, know that Paris is royalty, since there are numerous references to him being a count or 'county'. So the reference can only be to him in this instance and Mercutio in the former. 

The Prince's two kinsmen are therefore Mercutio and Paris.

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srkrocs26 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 5, 2009 at 5:53 AM (Answer #2)

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Mercotio and Paris is related to Prince escalus

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