British Culture 28.4.2010 Elizabethan age: Elizabeth I (known from many miniature portraits) 26 when she came to the throne Half sister of bloody Mary- Elizabeth was thrown into the tower by her Peace and stability Advisor: William Cecil, Lord Burleigh (1520 – 1598) Elizabethan age is seen as a “golden age” in Britain, she was written about in “The Fairy Queene” However, there were also problems: inflation, Catholics … Mary, Queen of Scots was also a threat: She was the heir to the throne in case Elizabeth had…
‘Juno and the Paycock’ Essay
The play that I have studied is ‘Juno and the Paycock’ by Sean O’Casey. The play is set in the tenements in Dublin during the struggle for Irish independence. The play centers on the lives of Boyle family, who believe that they have inherited enough money to change their lives forever.
They purchase vast amounts of items on credit and find themselves unable to pay for these items when the much anticipated inheritance does not materialize. In addition to this, the family is confronted with further hardship through their son Johnny, who has fought in the war and betrayed his comrade, a crime for which he will pay the ultimate price.
Their daughter Mary, a girl who believes herself superior to the rest of her family, eventually finds herself pregnant and alone, abandoned by a man she believed loved her, but who in fact was interested in her solely for her family’s inheritance. Captain Boyle, their father, who should be in control of the family, is presented to us as a lazy, work shy drunk, who cares for no one but himself.
The burden of the family’s considerable hardship falls exclusively on Juno, Boyle’s wife. O’Casey portrays Juno as a hard working women who will do anything to take care of her family. We see this through his characterization of her, the dialogue she is involved in and in many key scenes throughout the play.
From the beginning of the play, we immediately see that the greatest source of hardship in Juno Boyle’s life is her husband. Instead of supporting her as a husband should, he is selfish, work shy and tells his wife constant lies, all of which show that Juno is trapped in a hopeless marriage. “You can’t climb a laddher, but you can skip like a goat into a snug”.
You see immediately that Boyle lies and that he is work shy, but Juno is not stupid and already sees what he is up to and says that he can do all stuff all day but when it comes to w.....[read full text]
Boyle doesn’t help Juno with her work she has been very worn out.
The play dramatizes the conflict between the worlds of fantasy and reality. Even though only Juno seems to have the firmest grasp on reality than her family but she still imagines such as when she says that she is going to leave her house and never come back. “We’ll go.
Come, Mary, an’ we’ll never come back agen” In here she says to Mary that she won’t come back again ever again to her home. If Juno is the women that we know her from the beginning of the play, she won’t go away forever because she .....