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In William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the character that showed the most integrity was Benvolio. Persons who display integrity are honest, trustworthy, and responsible. Benvolio is all of these things. Throughout the entire play Benvolio demonstrated time and time again these qualities. He is truly a person who demonstrates integrity in everyday society.
You may ask where is the proof that Benvolio has demonstrated honesty, yet it is as plain as day. Honesty is telling the whole truth in any situation. Benvolio will tell the truth even when trouble could brew because of it. One example is when Romeo’s parents inquired of his recent activities and Benvolio willingly told the truth and spoke of his cousin’s whereabouts and his actions at that location. Another example of this is after Romeo had just slain Tybalt, and then the Prince of Verona came, and he asked what did happen this night. “O noble prince, I can discover all the unlucky manage of this fatal brawl: There lies the man, slain by young Romeo, That slew thy kinsman, brave Mercutio.”(3/1/133 – 136) Benvolio told the prince of his cousin’s deeds even though Romeo could have been put to death for it. Even in the face of trouble Benvolio doesn’t shirk away from the truth. This dedication to honesty shows his integrity.
Trustworthiness is the result of honesty. Benvolio was trusted by many characters and they confided in him as well. When Romeo confided the information of his love for Rosaline in Benvolio, he trusted him to keep it between them. Lord Montague confided in Benvolio to find and remove the cause of Romeo’s melancholy. Also Prince Escalus trusts Benvolio to recount the brawl of Tybalt and Romeo truthfully. “Benvolio, who began this bloody fray?” (3/1/142) The prince asked Benvolio first because he trusted him to be an honest person, in effect he confided in Benvolio to find out what happened.…...

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