In Romeo and Juliet, what conflict does Juliet feel when she hears that Romeo killed Tybalt?Why does Benvolio think Romeo should go to the Capulet party?

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

OK, two questions here. The conflict Juliet feels when she hears that Romeo killed Tybalt is quite complex. She realises, first, that Romeo might be something entirely different inside to the way he appeared to her:

O serpent heart, hid with a flow'ring face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! fiend angelical!

There's also a conflict between the fact that Tybalt was her cousin (and she is sorry that he is dead) but that she owes loyalty and respect to her husband:

Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?...
But wherefore, villain, didst thou kill my cousin?

One minute she says that she can't speak ill of her husband: the next she is calling her husband a villain for killing her cousin. And that is the - understandable - conflict there!

As for Benvolio and Romeo, Benvolio just wants to get Romeo to stop whinging on about Rosaline, the Capulet girl with whom he is in love as the play opens.

At this same ancient feast of Capulet's
Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lov'st;
With all the admired beauties of Verona.
Go thither, and with unattainted eye
Compare her face with some that I shall show,
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.

Benvolio argues that, if Romeo compares Rosaline to other more attractive women, he'll stop thinking about her: he'll realise that what he thought was a swan was really a crow. He'll fall for somebody else - and stop moping around!

Hope it helps!