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Is Benvolio a hero?

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Is Benvolio a hero? In Act 1 scene 1 when Benvolio and Tybalt meet, Benvolio tries to stop The Capulets and The Montagues from fighting. However Tybalt is very aggressive, but Benvolio enters and says, "Part, fools! Put up your swords, you know not what you do." Benvolio who at this precise moment is a peacemaker does not want to fight, but Tybalt hates the Montagues so much that he is very willing to fight them for any reason. When Benvolio says this he is trying to tell everyone how foolish they are by attempting to fight each other and that they do not realise what they are getting themselves into. Tybalt replies to this with, "What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death." By saying this Tybalt is mocking Benvolio for his previous weakness of fighting with servants and is basically telling him that he is going to die because Benvolio is not strong enough to bring down the Capulets. ...read more.


Mercutio can not understand what Benvolio's problem is and does not see why he has had a change of heart towards fighting. Benvolio does not agree with this and says he wouldn't last long if he did quarrel as easily as that. Once Tybalt and Petruchio arrive, its clear Mercutio is looking for a fight because when Tybalt says to him you have been socialising with Romeo, he replies with, "Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels?" Mercutio then goes on to say that minstrels usually entertain with a musical instrument such as a violin or also known as a fiddle. He then draws out his sword and says, "Here's my fiddlestick, here's that shall make you dance." Mercutio is then implying that his sword is his fiddle and that shall make Tybalt dance! Even when Romeo turns up Tybalt starts antagonising him because he wants the atmosphere around them become hostile enough to start a fight. ...read more.


The citizens are up, and Tybalt slain. Stand not amazed, the Prince will doom thee death If thou art taken. Hence be gone, away!" Benvolio is telling Romeo to go as people have started to notice that something is wrong and if Romeo is caught the Prince will have him killed. Romeo is now afraid of the consequences of what he has done and Benvolio wants Romeo to get away safely as quick as possible as no one would believe that Tybalt was killed in self-defence. It is clear that Benvolio and Romeo are both very much against violence whilst Tybalt and Mercutio had the stronger personalities and were very much encouraging a fight. Even thought the two characters Tybalt and Mercutio were strong people, it was not enough to prevent them from being killed. This lead to the two people who wanted to fight in the first place both being killed and the two peace makers Benvolio and Romeo, being in a lot of trouble and afraid to face up to their responsibilities which could lead to Romeo being killed when really he and Benvolio tried their up most to prevent violence occurring. ...read more.

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