Benvolio - Trustworthy

People should be honest and forthright to gain trust

Benvolio - Act 1 - Scene 1

When Montague wanted to know what happened to cause the fight, he asked Benvolio "Who set ancient quarrel new abroach?" (Shakespeare 977 line 112).



Through this quote and area of the play, it shows how Benvolio is trustworthy by Montague going to him first when he needed to know what happened in the fight, which shows how Montague places trust in Benvolio. Benvolio is trusted by Montague because he normally tells the truth about things that happen which makes him trustworthy.


This shows the theme because Montague trusts Benvolio to tell him what happened without worrying about him lying. This comes from Benvolio always telling the truth in the past and always giving people information that isn't always necessary.

Benvolio - Act 2 - Scene 1

When Mercutio and Benvolio were trying to find Romeo, Benvolio tells Mercutio that "He [Romeo] ran... and leapt this wall" (Shakespeare 1021 Line 6).


This shows Benvolio's trustworthy since he is telling Mercutio where he saw Romeo go and tells the truth about it.


This quote ties into the theme since Benvolio is trusted by Mercutio to assist him in finding Romeo even though he knows that Romeo doesn't want to be found. He is still trusted to help with things when he is asked.

Benvolio - Act 3 - Scene 1

After Tybalt killed Mercutio and Romeo killed Tybalt, the Prince needed to know who started the fight, to which Benvolio said "Tybalt, here slain, whom Romeo's hand did slay" (Shakespeare 1050 lines 163-164).


This shows how Bevolio is trustworthy because he is offering up information without even slightly trying to make his cousin (Romeo) appear better in the description of the event, which means he told the complete truth so that people think he is trustworthy.


In relation to the theme, since Benvolio is telling the truth here, when lying or at least tampering with his story in part would have helped Romeo more, shows how trustworthy he is when people need a direct answer without anything extra or misleading. This leads to people trusting him more than if he mislead the Prince with his story.

Benvolio - Theme - Act 3 - Scene 1

The Prince asked "Benvolio, who began this bloody fray?' (Shakespeare 1050 ) after Tybalt and Mercutio were left dead. This goes to prove the theme since the Prince trusts Benvolio to tell the truth even though he may potentially be swayed towards Romeo's side. This is because Benvolio has always told the truth regardless of what would happen to his kinsmen if he tells the truth. This all just supports the theme since trust coming from truth is what the theme is about and that is what is happening here.

Shane Bruflat

Mrs. Urbina

Adv. English 1 - (Period 6)

10 December, 2014