How would you describe Benvolio's role in Act 3, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Benvolio appears throughout act 3, scene 1. Early in the scene he tries to prevent violence from occurring between Mercutio and Tybalt. Once Mercutio is killed, his function changes somewhat. He is the character that warns Romeo that Tybalt is returning. When Romeo vengefully kills Tybalt, he advises him to escape to save his own skin:

Romeo, away, begone!

The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain.

Stand not amazed. The Prince will doom thee death

If thou art taken. Hence, begone, away.

Once the Prince arrives, Benvolio’s function changes to that of explainer. He tells the Prince what happened and how Tybalt and Mercutio were killed. Perhaps it is surprising that he does not try to deflect blame from Romeo as he accurately describes...

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