While their differences seem more obvious, the characters of Benvolio and Tybalt do share some similarities.
As others have mentioned, both Benvolio and Tybalt are cousins to the main characters of the play. As a Montague, Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin, and as a Capulet, Tybalt is Juliet’s cousin. This is an important similarity to consider when looking at their other similarities and differences.
As a Montague and a Capulet, both Benvolio and Tybalt, respectively, tend to be loyal to their family and friends. As I’ll discuss later, even though Benvolio usually tries to keep the peace, he will fight to protect his family’s honor. For example, in Act I, Scene I, Benvolio tries to break up the fighting, but he ends up joining in anyway because Tybalt provokes him. Tybalt says (Act I, Scene I):
What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds?
Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon they death.
This happens again to Benvolio in Act III, Scene I. While he wasn’t as involved in this deadly fight, he...
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