How does Benvolio feel about Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet"? How do you know?Act 1 scene 1 first speech that benvolio says

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dneshan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act1, scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet", Benvolio does reveal some of his feelings about Tybalt nad Tybalt reveals some of his feelings about Benvolio and of course since Tybalt is a Capulet they are not positive feelings.  Benvolio comes out to break up the fight saying,

"I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword,
Or manage it to part these men with me."

This is in response to Tybalt telling Benvolio that he is about to kill him.  This does tell us a few things -- Benvolio does not have a very high opinion of Tybalt and his need to constantly fight.  It also tells the reader that Tybalt would very much like to murder Benvolio because he is of the house of Montague.  Tybalt continues by saying,

"What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. 
Have at thee, coward" (l. 65-67)

Tybalt is calling Benvolio a hypocrite because he wants peace but takes out his sword and that he is ready and willing to fight Benvolio to the death.