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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Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush. As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have attracted great stigma at the time.

A very unpleasant example of how Captain Boyle cares for no one but himself is seen after Mrs Tancred delivers her devastating speech about the death of her son. Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed analysiis work-shy and idle.

Their rooms are transformed with new furniture – all bought on credit. At the end of the play the women leave to take on the responsibility of Mary’s child by themselves. Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of When it finally dawns on him, he is quick to change his mind.

His superiors think he might know something about the man who informed on Tancred.

Historical Analysis of Juno an the Paycock. by Matauka Mwanangombe on Prezi

Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into a car and drive off. He was killed by an informer. They have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy. When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms.

Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run. Johnny is left alone. He refuses to put his family first and is even disloyal to Joxer when he thinks he is receiving money. 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”.


Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior.

We are an to the character of Jack Boyle before we meet him via his wife, Juno, at the opening of Act I. The irony of course is that he has never had any of this money and never will. Boyle explains that Robbie and Johnny were once inseparable. In the first act Joxer is his best friend.

Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. 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. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant.

Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Boyle knows it is Johnny. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work. Again we see Boyle thinking more of himself than his own children in their time of need. 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.

The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune.

Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot. The junp ends with Boyle and Joxer returning to the stage drunk again, with Boyle not even knowing that his son is dead. They hold a party, but the jollity is disrupted when Johnny paycoxk jumps up in distress and runs to the bedroom, where he claims to see a ‘vision’ of dead Robbie Tancred. The title “Captain” – which he seems to have given himself – is the product of self-importance.


Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. This aspect of his personality is reinforced as the play progresses.

BFI Screenonline: Juno and the Paycock () Synopsis

The partygoers pqycock they can get a better view of the procession downstairs. Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child.

Juho, our first impression of him is that he appears untrustworthy and cannot be relied upon by his family or his friends. He is fearful of every knock at the door. He becomes a caricature of what he thinks a monied gentleman is like. When Juno asks him to go and show Johnny that everything is okay, the stage directions state that Boyle is “making no move”.


Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”. 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. Juno and the Paycock Johnny, who has been sitting silently by the fire, immediately sees that the money might enable them to move somewhere else – somewhere they are not known.

Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny. It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession. He is fickle and nothing he says can be paycoc. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the analyiss