How are Benvolio and Tybalt alike?

Benvolio and Tybalt are foils of each other. Both represent a different aspect of Romeo's character. Benvolio is the peace-maker and Tybalt is the hot-head.

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In Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio and Tybalt are foils.

Benvolio is a peace-maker, one who tries to part the two families as they brawl in the streets of Verona.  Tybalt, on the other hand, is an instigator and a hot-head ; he starts much of the...

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In Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio and Tybalt are foils.

Benvolio is a peace-maker, one who tries to part the two families as they brawl in the streets of Verona.  Tybalt, on the other hand, is an instigator and a hot-head; he starts much of the fighting.  The two have a brief exchange in Act I:

Benvolio says:

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

Tybalt responds:

What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word,
As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee:
Have at thee, coward!

Both are also foils of Romeo. Romeo will play both roles in Act III.  Now that he is married to a Capulet, Romeo will play the part of Benvolio as peace-maker and try to part Mercutio and Tybalt.  But, after Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo will become a hot-head like Tybalt, demanding vengeance.

 

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