Benvolio is Lord Montague’s nephew and Romeo’s cousin. Benvolio serves as an unsuccessful peacemaker in the play, attempting to prevent violence between the Capulet and Montague families throughout. He makes a genuine effort to defuse all violent scenes in public places, however, Mercutio accuses him of having a nasty temper in private.
He spends the majority of the play trying to help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline, even after Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet.
Act 1 Scene 1: ‘Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do’
Act 1 Scene 2: ‘Why, Romeo, art thou mad?’
Act 1 Scene 2: ‘At this same ancient feast of Capulet’s sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lovest’
Act 2 Scene 1: ‘Romeo! my cousin Romeo!’
Act 3 Scene 1: ‘O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio’s dead! That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds’
Act 3 Scene 1: ‘Tybalt, here slain, whom Romeo’s hand did slay; Romeo that spoke him fair, bade him bethink’