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In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio's name comes from the same Latin...
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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.
Posted by thanatassa on March 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM (Answer #1)
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