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Characterization of Benvolio and Tybalt in Act 1 of Romeo and JulietIn Act I, how are...

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jmac19927 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 9, 2010 at 3:37 AM via web

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Characterization of Benvolio and Tybalt in Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet

In Act I, how are Benvolio and Tybalt characterized?

What is the cause of Romeo’s secret behavior?

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ajmchugh | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 2, 2010 at 8:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Benvolio, a member of the Montague family, establishes himself as a peacemaker in Act 1.  Primarily, his name suggest that he is a good person, as "ben" is a Latin root meaning "good."  During the brawl with the Capulets, Benvolio attempts to stop the fighting.  When he is provoked by Tybalt, Benvolio says, "I do but keep the peace.  Put up thy sword,/ Or manage it to part these ment with me" (1.1.68-69).  In response, Tybalt scoffs at Benvolio's statement, saying, "What, drawn and talk of peace?  I hate the word/ As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee" (1.1.71-72).  Clearly, these two characters are foils for each other, as their behavior is markedly different.

Romeo's secret behavior stems from his love for Rosaline, a woman who will not return this affection. 

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khayre10 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 11, 2010 at 10:57 PM (Answer #2)

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Benvolio is the peacekeeper while Tybalt is the tyrant (haha, is sound the same).  They are together to show each other's characteristics.  Benvolio seem even more innocent next to Tybalt as Tybalt seem more violent next to Benvolio.  Also, Romeo's secret behavior is due to his love to Rosaline.  At least, only durring the time his father/Benvolio mention it.

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