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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Boyle is past caring. Their rooms are transformed with new furniture – all junl on credit. Jerry Devine no longer visits. Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool.

They hold a party, but the jollity is disrupted when Johnny suddenly jumps annd in distress and runs to the bedroom, where he claims to see a ‘vision’ of dead Robbie Tancred. 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. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. We are introduced to the character of Jack Boyle before we meet him via his wife, Juno, at the opening of Act I.

As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have ad great stigma at the time.

Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior. June Juno is the wife of ‘Captain’ Boyle and the ‘paycock’ or peacock is her name for him, because he struts about all day, leaving her to work to put food on the table.


Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. This aspect of his personality is reinforced as the play progresses. 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.

Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run. At the end of the play the women leave to take on the responsibility of Mary’s child by themselves. Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried. 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.

Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm payock the fighting at O’Connell Payfock, during the Easter rising of Mrs Boyle manages to calm him.

The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the ending! 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.

As he leaves, Mary sees the bailiff’s men taking away the furniture. He was killed by an informer. Juno and Mary decide to leave the ans to make a new life for themselves and the baby.

Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer. Idle Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. He is surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his thr. He is fickle and nothing he says can be trusted.

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Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot. 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. They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work. Johnny is left alone. Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny.


The title “Captain” – which he seems to have given himself – is the product of self-importance. The partygoers decide they can get a better view of the procession downstairs. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall.

Boyle knows it is Johnny. When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms.


Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. He has tthe “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe on the sofa. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – jujo Mary pregnant. His self-involved nature means he is a bad father, husband and friend. It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession. Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”.

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. When it finally dawns on him, he is quick to change his mind.

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