Juno and the Paycock

1297 WordsApr 22, 20136 Pages
uno and the Paycock “O’Casey’s women in Juno and the Paycock are strong and admirable characters”. Juno and Mary Boyle’s lives aren’t very pleasant in this 1920’s play which is separated into three acts which contain a mixture of both tragic and humorous elements. Juno, the wife of Captain Boyle, is the mother of two children who are in constant need of attention from her. Furthermore, as the play continues this need of attention grows with the facts of financial difficulties, the pregnancy of Mary (daughter) and also her son’s, Johnny, death in the end. O’Casey clearly shows that Juno certainly has her work cut out for her, as she is not only the one person in the family who has a job, but also she is the…show more content…
An who’ll have to bear th’ biggest part o’ this trouble, but me?-but whinin’ an whingin’ isn’t goin’ to do any good.” – this point is typical of the way Juno reacts to and deals with life. Juno knows what is important in life and when Johnny talks about his principles, “I’d do it agen ma; for a principle’s a principle.” To which Juno replies “Ah, you lost your best principle, me boy, when you lost your arm; them’s the only sort o’ principles that’s any good to a workin man.” This shows she thinks that fighting for your country and getting injured or dying isn’t going to solve anything, but bring grief, and more work. Juno’s outlook on life is ultimately more important than the others. She has not lost in principles, like her children, but she acknowledges what’s going on in the world around her – which may be the fact of the poverty they live in and the restrictions because of this and also her family which she cares for so much. Mary seems like a confident girl who knows what she is doing all the time, but when Bentham decides to leave her, she loses this spirit. Before this, Mary was trying to better herself and lift herself out of her surrounding environment. This is shown when on page 12 she talks about her principles and wants to belong in the upper class, but feels where she lives may
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