O’Rourke 1Reilly O’RourkeMr.AldersonENG 1DbThursday,30 November 2017Benvolio Character Sketch In shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet you begin to feel emotionally attached to the characters. Shakespeare, an amazing writer, actor and director created these characters to show emotion and become relatable to the reader or actor. I will be using Benvolio, of the montague household for my character sketch. Benvolio showcases his personality traits very well, for example: he is very responsible.Responsible Benvolio’s character is very careful but responsible, for example Benvolio tells Sampson and Gregory when they fight Abraham and Balthasar “Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do” (1.1.62-63). This shows that he would like to keep the peace in verona rather than recklessly battling in the streets. He also says to tybalt “I do but keep peace. Put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me” (1.1.66-67). This also shows that he will protect his blood at all costs and will not back down to a Capulet. The Montagues should have a large level of trust in him.Trustworthy Benvolio is also a very trustworthy character especially while Romeo was going through a rough time when his relationship with Rosaline ended. In 1.1 Romeo spoke to Benvolio about his love life: “Alas,that love, whose view is muffled still, should, without eyes, see pathways to his will! Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love: Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O anything, of nothing first create! O heavy lightness! Serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming focus! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-walking sleep, that is not what it is! This love I feel, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?” (1.1.168-80). This shows the trust Romeo has in Benvolio. He is able to pour out his strongest feelings to his dear friend, which shows a deep level of trust provided in Benvolio. He acts as a form of advice for his family and peers. Having this quality can also make him a great friend .Friendly In the play, Benvolio acts as a “shoulder to lean on” for most of the montague household. He especially a very good friend to Romeo and thinks very highly of him. In 2.1, Mercutio begins to insult Romeo behind his back. This does not stand for Benvolio so he says ” An if he hear thee, thou wilt anger him” (2.1.22-22). This shows that he will protect his friends and show loyalty, he will defend Romeo even when he’s not around. These three personality traits are not the only way to describe a very detailed and emotional character like Benvolio, but I felt like these descriptors are the most accurate and relevant to this character. Benvolio is a fantastic character in the play and very important to Romeo and our story in general.