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Compare and contrast Benvolio with Tybalt.  What are the differences and similarities among these two characters?  I would appreciate it if you could give details and quotes. I don't need it in an essay format.  Thank you.

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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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jonathancain42 | Student

compare and contrast the characters and functions of Mercutio and Tybalt in the play

henrywood1 | Student

MY answer is, Benvolio is more peaceful

Tybalt is furious.

The similar thing is they both serve their families, protect each other in some ways, Tybalt fights while Benvolio keeps peace.