Benvolio Theme

People should always be honest.

Act 1 Scene 1

Benvolio tells the Prince, "Here were the servants of your adversary, and yours, close fighting ere I did approach" (Shakespeare 7). Benvolio is talking to the Prince because there was a fight. Benvolio is telling the total and complete truth and not telling a white lie to change the story up.

Act 3 Scene 1

Benvolio is speaking to the Prince telling him, "O noble Prince, I can discover all the unlucky manage of this fatal brawl" (Shakespeare 1049). Benvolio tells the prince that he can tell him what happens because the Prince knows that he will tell him honestly.

Act 5 Scene 3

Balthasar is speaking to Friar Lawrence because he is asking him questions about Romeo and Balthasar tells him, "I dreamt my master and another fight, and that my master slew him" (Shakespeare 1096). Balthasar is being honest and telling Friar Lawrence what he saw happen with Romeo and Paris because Romeo killed Paris.

Act 5 Scene 3

After the Capulets, Montegues, and Prince all ask Friar Lawrence about why Romeo and Juliet are both dead Friar Lawrence explains, "I will be brief, for my short date of breath is not so long as a tedious tale" (Shakespeare 1100). Friar Lawrence is showing this theme because he is about to tell the truth about the whole story about Romeo and Juliet.
Adrianna Stowers


Adv. Eng. 1

11 December 2014