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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio's name comes from the same Latin...

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bergcar | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:45 AM via web

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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio's name comes from the same Latin words as the adjective benevolent. What are these Latin words and what do they mean?

how does Benvolio's name match his character

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM (Answer #1)

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In WIlliam Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the name of the character Benvolio probably derives directly from the term "benevolentia", meaning good will. This is a common Latin word meaning good will or wishes that was used in the context of the elementary Latin education Shakespeare probably received. It is a compound term derived from "bene" (well, adverbial form of bonus, good) and "volo", a verb meaning to wish. It is an appropriate name because Benvolio is a generally benevolent character, trying to make peace, and generally well disposed to everyone.

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