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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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”. When Juno asks him to go and show Johnny that everything is okay, the stage directions state that Boyle is “making no move”.

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 the house. By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone.

The image that Jack presents to the world seems very different from the reality, but he is given to self-delusion.

Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of He is fearful of every knock at the door.

They hold a party, but the jollity is disrupted when Johnny suddenly jumps up in distress and runs to the bedroom, where he claims to see a ‘vision’ of dead Robbie Tancred. Juno and the Paycock He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool.


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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.

When it finally dawns on him, he is quick to change his mind. Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”. At the end of the play the women leave to take on the responsibility of Mary’s child by themselves. Mrs Boyle manages to calm him. Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle.

He has taken the easy way out and retreated into a world of alcohol-induced fantasy rather than being brave enough to face his problems. Boyle knows it is Johnny.

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. 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.

In the first act Joxer is his best friend. muno


The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer tne about raising everyone’s spirits. Mary Boyle has two suitors – Jerry Devine, a young manual worker with political ambitions, and Charles Bentham, a solicitor, who has news for the family – they have been left some money by the Captain’s cousin.


When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms. This is juxtaposed with the following scene which opens with Boyle inviting Joxer into his home again. Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot.

Jerry Devine no longer visits. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall. He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on drink. Juno and Mary decide to leave the tenement to make a analgsis life for themselves and the baby. Don’t read on if you oaycock want to know the ending! Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer.

Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. The creditors start to call. He has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe on the sofa. He becomes a caricature of what he thinks a monied gentleman is paycockk. When he believes himself to be a man of means we see him take on airs of grandeur.

Johnny is left alone. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior.