In Romeo and Juliet, how is Benvolio's character opposite to Tybalt's?    

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Benvolio isn't the flashiest of characters in the play, and sometimes he gets a bit lost amongst the other rash and boisterous fellows.  And yet, he provides a strong base of reason and calm in play filled with hasty action and extremity of behaviour.

The opening scene of the play contrasts Benvolio and Tybalt nicely.  When both happen upon the street fight between the servants of the houses of Capulet (Tybalt's family) and Montague (Benvolio's family), their reactions are completely opposite:


Part you fools, put up your swords, you know not what you do.


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