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Romeo and Juliet : Benvolio

Mrs. Kaiser's Class - Exploring Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Benvolio

He is a nephew to Montague and a cousin and friend to Romeo. His name means well-wisher, which reflects to some degree Benvolio's role in the play as a loyal friend and a peace-maker.

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Benvolio

Benvolio

Benvolio - His name suggests "benevolence."

be·nev·o·lence

  [buh-nev-uh-luh ns]  Show IPA
noun
1.
desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filledwith benevolence toward one's fellow creatures.
2.
an act of kindness; a charitable gift.
3.
English History a forced contribution to the sovereign.

Benvolio

Benvolio

Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, he makes a genuine effort to defuse 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.