Short Answers of Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey

Write a note on the technical devices used by O Casey in ‘Juno and The Paycock’?

The technical devices used by Sean O Casey in “Juno and The Paycock” are irony and wit, pathos and horror, symbols and mythology.

How can we justify ‘Juno and the paycock’ as a tragi-comedy? Discuss briefly.

“Juno and the Paycock” is mixer of tragic and comic elements. Tragic elements are murder of Robbie, funeral of Robbie, Johnny character, Mary’s pregnancy, will did not fulfill, Johnny murder and Juno and Mary leave the home. Comic elements are Character of Boyle, character of Joxer, Johnny’s tension about the light that lit or not and the most comic event is when Joxer is hanging with window during this Boyle and Juno dancing.

Define melodrama?

Melodrama is a minor genre of drama. According to Dictionary of Literary Terms “A drama which relies on sensational happenings, violent action and improbable events. Originally melodrama meant a play with music, including early opera”.

What is O’Casey’s message about war and violence?

Sean O’Casey is against war and violence. In the play “Juno and the Paycock” he criticizes the war and violence presenting the effects of war on individual and families like Mrs. Tancred and Juno’s family. The individual like Johnny shows the irrationality of the war.


How does Mrs. Madigan find the money to lend Boyle?

Mrs. Madigan lent to Boyle three pounds and five shillings. She got the loan by giving the blankets and furniture as security to her uncle who is an established pawnbroker.

When does Juno understand Mrs. Tancred’s grief of loss?

Juno understands Mrs. Tancred’s grief of loss at the death of Johnny. As she says “maybe I did not felt sorry enough for Mrs. Tancred, when her poor son was found as Johnny been found now…..”

Why was Mary on strike?

Mary and all co-workers were on strike for Miss Jennie’s rights who was a co-worker of Mary because she became oppress and unemployed without any blunder.

Why does Juno use to call her husband a Peacock?

Peacock represents the idleness and showy. So in the play “Juno and the Paycock” Boyle is an idle and showy person. For these reasons Juno used to call her husband a Peacock.

Whom does Mr. Boyle symbolizes?

Mr. Boyle symbolizes the old gentry or aristocracy of Ireland.

Define “Jingoism”?

“Jingoism” is extreme nationalism or aggressive patriotism particularly with respects to foreign policy.



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