In this character foil I will explain how Shakespeare describes and highlights the qualities of both Benvolio the Montague and Tybalt the Capulet. The last panel will explain the differences between the two characters.
" Part, fools! Put up your swords. You know not what you do " (Shakespeare 1.1.66)
" To strike him dead I hold it not a sin " (Shakespeare 1.5.64)
SCENE IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE OF VERONA
"I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me." (Shakespeare 1.1.70)
" What art thou drawn among these heartless hinds ? Turn thee, Benvolio! Look upon thy death" (Shakespeare 1.6.68)
Shakespeare decides to highlight the qualities of Benvolio in this quote to show that Benvolio is a nice person who always looks for peace and never tries to start a fight or resorts to violence to solve his problems. Even though he still does not like the Capulets he thinks of the consequences of his actions and is therefore a really and supportive person.
Shakespeare decides to highlight the qualities of Tybalt in this quote from the play to show that Tybalt's personality is that of an aggressive persons, he hates the Montagues, and is always ready to pick or start a fight with any person.
Benvolio is a character foil of Tybalt because as the short scene shows/demonstrates Tybalt only seeks for violence and fighting. Meanwhile, Benvolio tries his best to make sure there is peace between the Montagues and Capulets, therefore he does not use violence to solve his problems.