BENVOLIO

PEOPLE SHOULD TRY TO KEEP THE PEACE

Act 1 Scene 1

In Romeo and Juliet, many physical conflicts occur without being stopped. When Benvolio arrived at the first fight he says, "Part, fools! Put up your swords. You know what not you do" (Shakespeare 995). Benvolio is telling both families to stop fighting so that they do not get in trouble. Even with him trying to stop them, the families still fought until the Prince showed up and gave them one more chance. If they didn't fight, then the two families could stay in Verona without any threats from the Royal Prince.

Act 3 Scene 1

While Benvolio sees the Capulets he says, "The day is hot, the Capulets abroad. And if we meet, we shall not escape a brawl..." (Shakespeare 1044). Mercutio shrugs off Benvolio's warning and duels with Tybalt, which results in his death. This fight leads to Romeo becoming enraged and in return killing Tybalt. Mercutio should have listened and kept the peace, for him and Tyblat would still be alive. Romeo would also have been able to stay in Verona and eventually escape with Juliet without his death occurring.

Act 5 Scene 1

Balfisar also tries to keep the peace, just like Benvolio. When Romeo starts to make rash decisions after the death of Juliet, Balfisar says, "I do beseech, sir, have patience. Your looks are pale and wild and do impact some misadventure" (Shakespeare 1088). Balfisar tells Romeo to calm down before he makes fast decisions, but Romeo does not listen. He goes against Balfisar's advice and his choice ends in chaos. If he had waited and mourned without violence, he and Juliet would have been able to live together in Mantua.

Theme Act 5, Scene 3

Throughout the story, many problems could have been solved if people had kept the peace. The one person who knew this from the start was the Prince. The Prince had given warning to the families before anything had even happened. After the climax, the Prince responded by saying, " Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, see what a scourge is laid upon your hate. That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!" (Shakespeare 1101). Because of the families ignorance, six people in total died. If they had followed the Prince, Balfisar, and Benvolio's advice, then nobody would have died and Romeo and Juliet would have lived happily ever after.

Zane Lady

Urbina

Adv Eng 1

10 December 2014