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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This aspect of his personality is reinforced as the play progresses. By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone. The irony of course is that he has never had any of this money and never will.

He has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe on the sofa. Two men in trench coats arrive. 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 xnd known, with the money they received from the legacy.

It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession.

Tancred, whose son has been killed in an ambush. Boyle is past caring.

Mrs Boyle manages to calm him. Bentham is now an honoured guest in their home and officially engaged to Mary. 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.


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


He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool. Jerry Devine no longer visits.

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. A very unpleasant example of how Captain Ans cares for no one but himself is seen after Mrs Tancred delivers her devastating speech about the death of her son.

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He is fickle and nothing he says can be trusted. Despite this we see him ordering his hard-working wife around as if she were his inferior. The creditors start to call. 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.

In the first act Joxer is his best friend.

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 tge a ‘vision’ of dead Robbie Tancred. Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing.

The Boyles decide to celebrate their good fortune. Her son’s body is being taken to the church. Idle Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is thw as work-shy and idle. Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer.

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Despite it being breakfast time Boyle has not yet returned from a night of drinking with his friend Joxer. As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have attracted great stigma teh the time. 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. Therefore, our first impression of him is that he appears untrustworthy and cannot be hte upon by his family or his friends.

We are introduced to the character of Ths Boyle before we meet him via his wife, Juno, at the opening of Act I. Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny.

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Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall. 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”.