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How Does Shakespeare Present the Characters of Tybalt and Benvolio

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Tybalt
The character of Tybalt is that he doesn't like peace, the way he talks makes it seem as though he always wants to have trouble or fight. Mercutio, who hates Tybalt, gives him the "catty" nickname the "Prince of Cats" , but when his uncle Capulet prevents him from beating up Romeo for crashing the Capulet's masked ball, he's not too pleased, and really just wants payback which is that he just wants a fight. Tybalt's aggressive behavior seems possible that he's eager to fight because he wants to defend his reputation as the toughest of the Capulet's,  A Capulet, Juliet's cousin. useless , fashionable, supremely aware of politeness and the lack of it, he becomes aggressive, violent, and quick to draw his sword when he feels his pride has been injured. Once drawn, his sword is something to be feared. He hates the Montague's Tybalt is the nephew of Lady Capulet. As a young man, he seems to represent what Capulet must have been in his young days; but he has none of the redeeming features of his uncle and is more like his aunt. With his quarrelsome nature, Tybalt is like a fireball, ready to explode at any moment. When he hears Romeo’s voice at the party, he calls for his sword and is ready to kill his enemy on the spot, completely unmindful of place and time. He persistently rejects his uncle’s remonstrance to stay calm at the dance. He discourteously leaves only when he is threatened with disinheritance, and even as he does so, he vows vengeance on Romeo in the future. He later sends a letter to Romeo challenging him to fight, merely because he has dared to enter the dance hall. He walks about the street seeking his enemy. When he finally meets Romeo, he insults him by calling him a villain. Romeo, because of his new found love, refuses to fight with him. When Mercutio interferes, Tybalt fights with Mercutio and kills him. He flees for the moment, but after some time returns to face Romeo again. Romeo fights and slays him. The death of Tybalt snowballs the crisis for Romeo and Juliet. quotes on Tybalt

Benvolio asks Tybalt to help him keep the peace, but Tybalt answers, "What, drawn, and talk of peace! I hate the word, / As I hate hell, all Montague's, and thee: / Have at thee, coward!" (1.1.70-72) In the streets of Verona, looking to fight Romeo, Tybalt approaches Mercutio and Benvolio, saying "Gentlemen, good den: a word with one of you" (3.1.38), but Mercutio immediately insults and challenges him. Before Tybalt can respond, Romeo appears, and Tybalt tries to provoke him to a fight. Romeo declines, but Mercutio picks a fight with Tybalt. Romeo tries to stop the fight, but Tybalt gives Mercutio a deadly wound as Romeo is trying to restrain Mercutio. Tybalt then runs away, only to return moments later, fight Romeo, and die.

Benvolio
Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, he makes a genuine effort to calm violent scenes in public places, though Mercutio accuses him of having a nasty temper in private. He spends most of the play trying to help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline, even after Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet. Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin and close friend and Lord Montague`s nephew. His name, Benvolio, means well wishing, which is reflective of his character throughout the play. In the very first scene, Benvolio establishes himself as a peacemaker as he tries to stop the fight between Abraham and Samson. He also means well by Romeo and tries to prod him out of his romantic dreams about Rosaline through gentle reproof. He encourages Romeo to go to the Capulet party, for it will be an opportunity for him to see Verona beauties other than Rosaline. At the party, Romeo does spy another beauty that makes him forget Rosaline, just as Benvolio had hoped.

Benvolio is again pictured as the peacemaker after the Capulet party. Before Romeo joins them, he urges Mercutio to withdraw from the street before the Capulet's find them. When Tybalt arrives and draws his sword to fight Romeo, he begs them to settle the quarrel with a quiet talk. He stands helpless when Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt. At that moment, he advises Romeo to seek safety in hiding. When the Prince asks for an explanation of the fighting, Benvolio tells him how Romeo had done his utmost to prevent the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio and how he himself had tried to stop Romeo and Tybalt from fighting. He disappears from the play after these failures, for fate has now taken over and he can serve no purpose against it. quotes on Benvolio

When Benvolio sees Sampson and Gregory fighting with Abraham and Balthazar, he immediately tries to stop the fight, saying, "Part, fools! / Put up your swords; you know not what you do" (1.1.64-65). However, Tybalt enters, calls him a coward, and attacks him, so Benvolio is quickly a part of the fight that he tried to stop. The afternoon of the day after Capulet's feast Benvolio is hanging out on the streets of Verona with Mercutio, to whom he says, "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: / The day is hot, the Capulet's abroad" (3.1.2). Mercutio jokingly claims that what Benvolio really wants is a good excuse for a fight, because Benvolio is the most quarrelsome fellow in Italy. Then Tybalt shows up, looking for Romeo. Mercutio challenges him and Benvolio tries to get them to calm down or at least take the fight off the street, out of the public eye, but he's not successful. Romeo appears, Tybalt challenges him, Romeo refuses to fight, Mercutio fights Tybalt, Romeo tries to stop the fight, Tybalt fatally wounds Mercutio, Tybalt runs away, Mercutio dies, Tybalt comes back, Romeo kills Tybalt. All of this happens so quickly that Benvolio is little more than a bystander. After Tybalt is dead Benvolio gets Romeo to leave the scene and stays behind to explain everything to Prince Escalus

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