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Juno and the Paycock, a play by Sean O’ Casey, is set in the working tenements of Dublin in and tells the story of the Boyle family during the Irish Civil War. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Juno and the Paycocke by Seán O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock, a play by Seán O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock is a play by Seán O’Casey, and is highly regarded and often performed in Ireland. It was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in.

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He is surprised not to see Johnny at the funeral and tells him to report to his battalion. Unable to cope with the stress of the situation, Jack disowns Mary and retreats to the pub to drink with Joxer. Johnny supports the republican cause and has already lost an arm in the fighting at O’Connell Street, during the Easter rising of The father, “Captain” Jack so called because of his propensity for telling greatly exaggerated stories of his short career as a merchant sailoris a loafer who claims to be unable to work because of pains in his legs, which mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him.

Juno is the only one in the family who is working.

Near the end of the act, one of Jack’s relatives dies, and a schoolteacherCharles Bentham, brings th that the Boyles have come into a large inheritance tue Bentham notes aloud that the will names “John Boyle, [my] first cousin, of Dublin” as one of the beneficiaries. As he leaves, Mary sees the bailiff’s men taking away the furniture.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. June Juno is the wife of ‘Captain’ Boyle and the ‘paycock’ or peacock is her name for him, because he struts junoo all day, leaving her to work to put food on the table.

News of a murder Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder of the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred. Johnny persuades Juno to follow Jack and beg him to come home.

The men in trench coats produce guns and make the workmen turn to the wall. When it finally dawns on him, sumnary is quick to change his mind.


Joxer who was present for both incidents, and did nothing to help needles Jack about rumours that the inheritance is not forthcoming; this soon devolves into an argument during which Joxer openly mocks Jack’s fortune as fraudulent. A musical adaptation of the play, titled Junowas created by Marc Blitzstein music, lyrics and Joseph Stein book and opened on Broadway in Some time later, Jack stumbles home from the pub with Summart, extremely drunk and unaware that his son is dead or that his wife and daughter have left him.

Juno goes out to offer support to Mrs Tancred, who delivers a monologue mourning the loss of her son and praying for tge end to the war, but Jack selfishly ignores her suffering. Despite his family’s povertyJack spends all his time and money at the pub with Joxer Daly, his ne’er-do-well ” butty ,” instead of looking for a job.

Bentham has gone away, leaving Mary downcast and worried. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence.

BFI Screenonline: Juno and the Paycock () Synopsis

He has been out drinking with his drinking “butty” Joxer Daly and has not returned home yet. Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into paaycock car and drive off. The cramped size suggests they are not very well off and the “picture of the Virgin” shows they are Catholics. Boyle explains that Robbie and Johnny were once inseparable. Boyle returns home Not long after this Jack himself enters, inviting Joxer in because he thinks Juno has already gone to work.

Johnny is left alone. Soon after they leave, Needle Nugent, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit.

Ina British film adaptation of the play was produced which was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Johnny berates his father for his shortsightedness and avarice. The mother, Juno so called because all of the summarj events in her life took place in Juneis the only member of the family currently working, as daughter Mary is on strike and son Johnny is disabled, having lost his arm in the War of Independence. Views Read Edit View history. A mere two days after receiving Mr Bentham’s news, Jack has already begun flaunting his newfound wealth by purchasing payccok new suitnew furniturea gramophoneand other luxuries on creditin anticipation pahcock receiving the inheritance.


Johnny comes and goes znd a man on the run.

Retrieved 29 February He was killed by an informer. When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms. Then Mrs Madigan arrives, demanding repayment of the loan she gave Jack; when he thee to pay, she takes the gramophone as recompense.

Juno decides that Jack will summar take on his responsibilities as a father and breadwinner, so she leaves to make a better life for herself and Mary. Then she realises – Jerry doesn’t know. As the last of Jack’s fancy new furniture is being repossessed, several IRA men arrive and drag Johnny away; Juno later hears from Mrs Madigan that a body resembling Johnny’s has been found on a country road, riddled with bullets.

Meanwhile, Johnny agonises over his betrayal of his friend Robbie Tancred, a neighbour and former comrade in the IRAwho was subsequently murdered by Free State supporters; Johnny is terrified that the IRA will execute him as punishment for being an informant.

He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on drink. Two months later, Mr Bentham abruptly ceases all contact with the family and abandons Mary, paycofk, it is revealed, is secretly carrying his child out of wedlock. As a result, numerous relations are claiming the inheritance, which is rapidly being eaten up by legal costs; to make matters worse, Bentham has apparently fled the country out of shame.

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June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Juno and the Paycock”. As Juno pleads with Jack to use the leftover money from the inheritance to move the family to a different city, he angrily reveals that they will receive nothing due to an error Bentham made while drafting the will he failed to include the beneficiaries’ names, referring to Jack only as “[my] first cousin”.

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