Isolation in Juno and Paycock (Comparative)
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Juno and the Paycock theme of isolation -
The second theme I have studied is ‘Juno and the Paycock’ by Sean O'Casey.I am going to choose a key moment from this text and describe how that theme reveals the same theme of isolation.
Paragraph 1 - The key moment in this play is right at the end when Juno Boyle decides to abandon her husband Captain Boyle and go live with her sister. Her son, Johnny has been shot, Mary her daughter is carrying an illegitimate child and her husband’s promised inheritance has not come through. The family is destitute, they have lost their home, their respect and all their friends. They have never been more isolated as a family but how did they get to this point?
Paragraph 2 - In this final scene Juno, after years of putting up with her husband Captain Boyle decides to leave him. She takes her pregnant daughter mary and makes plans to live with her sister. She leaves Captain Boyle isolated from his family with his false friend Joxer Daly. They are the architects of their own destruction. They let the promise of money blind them to the important things in life like friends and family. The promise of the inheritance made them feel as if they were above everyone else in the tenements and they looked down on them. Allow me to outline some other key moments in the play which brought them to this catastrophe.