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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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The cramped size suggests they are not very well off and the “picture of the Virgin” shows they are Catholics.

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, summqry mysteriously appear whenever someone mentions work to him. Juno and the Paycock By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He has been out drinking with his drinking “butty” Joxer Daly and has not returned home yet. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Madigan appears with the news that two policemen are waiting downstairs – some poor fellow has been found shot. Their rooms are transformed with new furniture – all bought on credit. Everyone goes to the window to see the procession pass – all except Johnny. Madigan arrives and the party continues, until Mrs. 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 not known, with the money they received from the legacy.

He makes it up with Joxer and spends the last few shillings he has on drink. Soon after they leave, Needle Nugent, the local tailorstorms into the flat and repossesses Jack’s suit. Boyle explains that Robbie and Johnny were once inseparable.


Juno and Mary discuss the newspaper story about the murder juon the son of one of their neighbours – Mrs Tancred. Boyle finally loses patience with the sly and devious Joxer. Unable to cope with the stress of the situation, Jack disowns Mary and retreats to the pub to drink with Joxer. While Jack is sleeping, Juno takes Mary to the doctor. 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.

The act closes after Jack finds out from a solicitor, Charles Benthamthat one of his relatives has died and left him a significant amount of money.

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When Juno returns everything has been taken from their rooms. Oaycock have borrowed money too, on the strength of the legacy. Retrieved from ” https: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Juno goes out to offer support to Mrs Tancred, who delivers a monologue mourning the loss of her son and praying for an end to the war, but Jack selfishly ignores her suffering.

Mary is on strike, Johnny is disabled due to losing an arm in the War of Independence. The action takes place in the living room of a two-room tenement apartment of the Boyle family. It is Robbie Tancred’s funeral procession. Boyle is past caring. The table is set for one. Juno and Mary decide to leave the tenement to make a new life for themselves and the baby. Jerry rushes out to find Boyle when Juno says that he is in the pub. As Juno pleads teh Jack to use the leftover money from the inheritance to move the family to a different city, sumkary 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”.

Through the window comes the sound of hymn singing. Jerry Devine no longer visits. After a brief conversation, Jack accidentally drops his last sixpence on jun floor; he drunkenly mourns that “the whole world is in a terrible state o’ chassis ” before passing out. His superiors think he might know something kuno the man who informed on Tancred. Two men in trench coats arrive.


By the time a drunken Boyle and Joxer return to the stripped apartment, they have gone. As he leaves, Mary sees the bailiff’s men taking away the furniture.

Plot summary

Overjoyed with the news, Jack vows to Juno to end his friendship with Joxer and change his ways. Claiming it was Johnny who informed on Tancred, they drag him from the house into a car and drive off. He was killed by an informer. The city is caught up in the fight for Irish independence and violent death is a daily occurrence.

O’Casey gave his blessing to the project, but never saw the production. As a result, numerous relations are claiming the inheritance, which is rapidly being sumamry up by legal costs; to make matters worse, Bentham has apparently fled the country out of shame.

He is called ‘Captain’ by his friends, but the nearest sujmary has ever got to sailing is on the ferry to Liverpool. Two months later, Mr Bentham abruptly ceases all contact with the family and abandons Mary, who, summart is revealed, is secretly carrying his child out of wedlock.

Mary can hardly believe that Jerry would be so forgiving as to take her on, pregnant with another man’s child. Her son’s body is being taken to the church.

Joxer is present, Jack having already forgotten his vow to break off contact with him, and Mrs Maisie Madigan, a neighbour to whom Jack owes money, shows up after having been invited in Act I. Xummary Final line of the play.