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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Qnalysis, our first impression of him is that analywis appears untrustworthy and cannot be relied upon by his family or his friends. He is surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his battalion. 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.


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”.

He is fearful of every knock at the door. Idle Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle is portrayed as work-shy and idle. Despite it being breakfast time Boyle has not yet returned from a tye of drinking with his friend Joxer. He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has junl drink. Her son’s body is being taken to the church.

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.


The play ends with Boyle and Joxer returning to the stage drunk again, with Boyle not even pacock that his son is dead. The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall.

BFI Screenonline: Juno and the Paycock () Synopsis

Juno and the Paycock Boyle and Johnny are furious that Mary has brought this shame upon the family, but Juno says all they have to do is move th somewhere they are not known, with the money they received from the legacy. Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of He was killed by an informer.

They have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy. When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms.

The irony of course is that he has never had any of this money and never will. Right from the opening scene, Captain Jack Boyle anlaysis portrayed as work-shy and idle. Johnny is left alone. When it finally dawns on him, he is quick to change his mind. At the end of the play the women leave to take on the responsibility of Mary’s child by themselves.

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Bentham is now an honoured guest in their home and officially engaged to Mary. By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone.

When he believes himself to be a man of means we see him take on airs of grandeur. Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. For example, when he finds out that his only daughter is anaylsis he thinks solely of the effect Mary’s pregnancy will have on him and his imagined reputation.


It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession. They go up to the Boyle apartment, interrupting the furniture removers at their work.

Act II opens with the stage directions stating that “the furniture is more plentiful, and of a vulgar nature”. He has filled “every available spot” with fake flowers and is smoking a pipe junoo the sofa.

Juno and Mary decide to leave the tenement to make a new life for themselves and the baby. When Juno asks him to go and show Johnny that ahd is okay, the stage directions state that Boyle is “making no move”. He is fickle and nothing he says can be trusted.

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 – juon have been left some money by the Captain’s cousin.

As an unmarried mother, Mary’s situation would have attracted great stigma at the time. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence.

Boyle thinks that Bentham has gone to England – leaving Mary pregnant. He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest he has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool.