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The main characters are Juno Boyle, Jack Boyle, Mary Boyle, Johnny Boyle and play that he is “struttin’ about the town like a paycock with Joxer, I suppose”. Juno and the Paycock:A Feministic Play. Juno and the Paycock: Jingois. Plot Summary. Themes and Issues. Plot. Writer’s Characteristics. Plays without Plots. Eva Wilden: Tragi-comedy in Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock. 2. Table of Contents. 1. In his formal analysis of Juno and the. Paycock Kosok put.

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Desperately poor, they live with their daughter Mary and son Johnny in a run-down Dublin tenement which also houses Boyle’s drinking pal Joxer Daly, Maisie Madigan who chatters incessantlyand Mrs. He becomes a caricature of what he thinks a monied gentleman is like. Two men in trench coats arrive. This is juxtaposed with the following scene which opens with Boyle inviting Joxer into his home again. Boyle and Johnny are furious that Mary has brought this shame upon the family, but Juno says all they have to do is move to somewhere they are not known, with the money they received from the legacy.

He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool. As he analysi for the pub, Jerry Pacyock arrives, to offer Mary marriage jjno security, having heard that his rival is out of the way.

The use of the word “strut” suggests a pompous style. Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny. They have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy. As he leaves, Mary sees the bailiff’s men taking away the furniture.

When Juno asks him to go and show Johnny that everything is okay, the stage directions state that Boyle is “making no move”. Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush. Despite it being breakfast time Boyle has not yet returned from a night of drinking with his friend Joxer.


Boyle has to tell her and Johnny that there is no money – the will specified ‘first cousin’ rather than naming Boyle, and now ‘first cousins’ are appearing out of the woodwork. Johnny is left alone. Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall.

Boyle is past caring. Boyle explains that Robbie and Johnny were once inseparable. As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have attracted great stigma at the time. They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work.

Jerry Devine no longer visits. This aspect of his personality anakysis reinforced as the play progresses. For example, when he finds out that his only daughter is pregnant he thinks solely of the effect Mary’s pregnancy will have on him and his imagined reputation. Therefore, our first impression of him is that he appears untrustworthy and cannot be relied upon by his family or his friends.

Act II opens with the stage anzlysis stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”. It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession. In the first act Joxer is his best friend. The title “Captain” – which he seems to have given himself – is the product of self-importance.

They do this because it is clear that Jack is never going to change and will be of no use to them as he neither brings in income nor helps around znd house. Mrs Boyle manages to calm him. His superiors think he might know something about the man who informed on Tancred. Even the language used in his physical description depicts him as a showy man – his face is “puffed out”, his stomach “thrust forward” and his walk is a “slow, consequential strut”.

Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. The play ends with Boyle and Joxer returning to the stage drunk again, with Boyle not anxlysis knowing that his son is dead.



He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on znd. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant. He was killed by an informer. The partygoers decide they can get a better view of the procession downstairs. Idle Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. He is fickle and nothing he says can be trusted.

Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child. Again we see Boyle thinking more of himself than his own children in their time of need.

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By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone. He has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a ths on the sofa.

The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer set about raising everyone’s spirits. His self-involved nature means he is a bad father, husband and friend. A man in a trench coat appears at the door.

Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run. Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into a car and drive off. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the ending! He is fearful of every knock at the door. Right up to the end of the play – when he cruelly dismisses his own daughter for falling pregnant before she is married – he continues to be unreliable and untrustworthy to all who know him.


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