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 and Johnny are analyais 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. 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.

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

Juno and the Paycock He becomes a caricature of what he thinks a monied gentleman is like. His superiors think he might know something about the man who informed on Tancred. Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. 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.

Jerry Devine no longer visits. He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool. He was killed by an informer. Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush.

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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. Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”. The party becomes subdued again, but Boyle and Joxer set about raising everyone’s spirits. When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms.


The title “Captain” – which he seems to have given himself – is the product of self-importance. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall.

The image that Jack presents to the world seems very different from the reality, but he is given to self-delusion. 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. Boyle is past caring. Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior. 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.

Johnny comes and goes like a man on the run. The creditors start to call. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. Mrs Boyle manages to calm him. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune.

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As he leaves, Mary sees the bailiff’s men taking away the furniture. The partygoers decide paycoci can get a better view of the procession downstairs. Bentham is now an honoured guest in their home and officially engaged to Mary. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence.

Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take analysiis on, pregnant with another man’s child. When it finally dawns on him, he is quick to change his mind. Therefore, our first impression of him is that he appears untrustworthy and cannot be relied upon by his family or his friends.

His self-involved nature means he is a bad father, husband and friend. Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer. 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. 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.


He is surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his battalion. Boyle knows it is Johnny. Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. They have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy. 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”.

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.

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. Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of Junoo has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe on the sofa.


We are introduced to the character of Jack Boyle before we meet him via his wife, Juno, at the opening of Act I. Johnny is left alone. Again we see Boyle thinking more of himself than his own children in their time of need. He is fickle and nothing he says can be trusted. Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs.