Tybalt And Benvolio In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Benvolio and Tybalt are characters from the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, by William Shakespeare. These two characters are the complete opposite; they juxtapose each other to bring out the significant differences. Benvolio, who is a Montague, represents the theme of peace. Tybalt, who is Capulet, represents the theme of violence. The two characters, Benvolio and Tybalt, from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, have different places in society in terms of respect and trust, and through Shakespeare’s use of language, their sense and understanding of morality is exposed. Despite their significant differences, Benvolio and Tybalt are quite similar when it comes to family.

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The audience first gets introduced to him during a small fight between the servants of the two houses, Capulet and Montague. In this scene, Benvolio says “Part, fools!... I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me” (1.1.55-60). This clearly shows that Benvolio is a cautious, sensible and rational person who cherishes the idea of peace. Shakespeare’s choice of words and the fact that Benvolio can recognize the servants’ behaviour as foolish and irrational shows that Benvolio has a higher moral understanding than the servants. In this scene, we also get introduced to Tybalt for the first time. Tybalt is portrayed as a hot-headed man with a bad temper, which can be seen when Tybalt says “…and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee” (1.1.61-63). This shows that Tybalt is more interested to engage in a brawl than to make peace. Tybalt’s lines show the audience his sense of moral inferiority. In addition, he also presents his angry and stubborn nature through these lines. Shakespeare’s diction choice exposes Benvolio and Tybalt’s sense of morality, where Benvolio seems to have a moral understanding that is superior to…show more content…
Benvolio and Tybalt have different places in society in terms of respect and trust, and through Shakespeare’s use of language, their sense and understanding of morality is exposed. Despite their significant differences, Benvolio and Tybalt are quite similar when it comes to family. One represents peace and the other one represents the complete opposite, war. Benvolio is the one that does everything in his power to avoid and stop the fighting, and Tybalt is the one with bad tamper and uses the idea of fighting to channel his anger and aggression. Benvolio is considered as more respected and trustworthy due to his aim to keep peace. With Tybalt’s aggression and anger, he is considered less trustworthy and respected. Despite their differences, family is very important to both of them. Tybalt takes family pride and loyalty very seriously, and Benvolio is very concerned and caring towards his family. Taking their significant differences into account, why is that Tybalt is the one that

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