Had they listened to his advice, who knows where the plot of the story could have turned?
In Romeo and Juliet, Benvolio provides the consistent anchor, holding to his principles when all else breaks loose in the fray, and in the end, he is there to help pick up the pieces.
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As the fighting breaks out, Benvolio tries to stop it by saying, 'Part, fools!
Put up your swords; you know not what you do,' (1.1) warning them to quit before things accelerate to a serious level.
On more than one occasion, Benvolio tries to find Romeo, and he tells Lord and Lady Montague that he tried to follow Romeo that very day, hoping to speak with him. He goes on to say that if Romeo compares Rosaline to other young women Benvolio knows, they 'will make thee think thy swan a crow' (1.2).
Benvolio is also well aware that the Prince of Verona has promised the death penalty to anyone fighting in the streets again.
Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, was such a friend to Romeo and Mercutio.
Benvolio is a peacemaker, trusted friend, counselor, problem-solver and voice of reason.
' (3.1) Finally, both the Prince of Verona and the Montague families rely on Benvolio's trustworthy account as to the deaths of Tybalt and Mercutio, and it is here that we see Benvolio's role in the play subside.
True friends are hard to find, particularly those friends who are willing to be completely honest with us and even protect us from ourselves at times.