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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Jerry Devine no longer visits. 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. He analyis to put his family first and is even disloyal to Joxer when he thinks he is receiving money. Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot.

Idle Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as fhe and idle. Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing.

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.

Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer. In the first act Joxer is his best friend. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant. 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 creditors start to call. The title “Captain” – which he seems to have given himself – is the product of self-importance.


His self-involved nature means he is a bad father, husband and friend. He has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe on the sofa.

Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”. Juno and the Paycock As he leaves for the pub, Jerry Devine arrives, to offer Mary marriage and security, having heard that his rival is out of the way.

Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried.

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 surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his battalion. At anlaysis end of the play the women leave to take on the responsibility of Mary’s child by themselves. The play ends with Boyle and Joxer returning to the stage drunk again, with Boyle not even knowing that his paycocl is dead. 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.

Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know.


Bentham is now an honoured guest in their home and officially engaged to Mary. 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. This aspect of his personality is reinforced as the play progresses.

Despite it being breakfast time Boyle has not yet returned from a night of drinking with his friend Joxer. The use of the word “strut” suggests a pompous style. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny.


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

He was killed juo an informer. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall. Boyle knows it is Johnny.

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. Mrs Boyle manages to calm him.

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. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer paycovk about raising everyone’s spirits.

Therefore, our first impression of him is that he appears untrustworthy and cannot be relied upon by his family or his friends. The image that Jack presents to jjno world seems very different from the reality, but he is given to self-delusion. They have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy.

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When he believes himself to be a man of means we see him take on airs of grandeur. Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior.

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”.