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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Don’t read on if you don’t want to know the ending! Boyle knows it is Johnny. The partygoers decide they can get a better view of the procession downstairs. Two men in trench coats arrive. The irony of course is that he has never had any of this money and never will. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence.


Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried. In the first act Joxer is his best friend. A man in a trench coat appears at the door.

Mrs Boyle manages to calm him. At the end of the play the women leave to take on the responsibility of Mary’s child by themselves. Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush. Again we see Boyle thinking more of himself than his own children in their time of need.

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. Johnny is left alone. When he believes himself to be a man of means we see him take on airs of grandeur.


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. By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone. He is fearful of every knock at the door. He was killed by an informer. The use of the word “strut” suggests a pompous style. 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.

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.

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Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of Their rooms paycocl transformed with new furniture – all bought on credit. The creditors start to call. Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer.

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. This is juxtaposed with the following scene which opens with Boyle inviting Joxer into his home again.

Boyle explains that Robbie and Teh were once inseparable. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. 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.


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.

Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. 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. Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. He has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe on the sofa. 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.

He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on drink. When Juno asks him to go and show Johnny that everything is okay, the stage directions state that Boyle is “making no move”. Jerry Devine no longer visits.

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When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms. Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant.

They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work. As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have attracted great stigma at the time.