Juno and the Paycock Character Relationships - Captain Boyle and Joxer

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Relationships - Captain Boyle and Joxer Daly.

The key relationship in Juno and the Paycock is that of Captain Boyle and Joxer Daly. They are the Laurel and Hardy of the play . They provide comic relief in what is a very grim play but they provide pathos as well.

    The foundation stone for their relationship is need. They need each other more than they love each other. Captain Boyle needs Joxer as a foil for his shaggy dog stories, his tall tales from the sea. Joxer needs Boyle so he can tap him for money for beer and have someone to stand in front of him when things go wrong. There are elements of friendship there and while it is clear they go back a long way they are also ready to betray each other at the drop of a hat. However like old dogs which have been beaten by their masters they cling together through thick and thin and at the end of the play when all others have abandoned Boyle, Joxer is still there to listen to his ramblings. 

I will now look at five key moments in the play which show the development of this relationship.

1: At the beginning of act one, (p73) The Captain and Joxer return to Boyle's tenement after a day on the beer. They thing they have the flat to themselves and Boyle tries to play host to Joxer by offering him a cup of tea. They give out about Juno before she appears from behind the curtain and starts to berate them for their laziness. All Boyle and Joxer want to do ...

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