Juno and the Paycock Vs Garage Isolation
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Compare the similarities and differences between the two key moments described above to show how looking at more than one text can help us to better understand a theme. (40)
While isolation is a key theme in both Garage and Juno and the Paycock we understand the theme better by contrasting the way fate has played a hand in dealing out this isolation to the characters. What we learn from both texts is that isolation is not always just an accident of fate, it can be invited in as well. The Boyles in Juno have a more opportunity than Josie in Garage and yet they choose to be isolated because they put their love of money above their friends. What we learn in Josie’s case is that because of who he is and where he is he can’t help but be isolated and his tragic end does not come as a surprise. I will compare and contrast now how the theme is handled in both texts side by side.
While both the Boyles in Juno and Josie in Garage live in impoverished surroundings the Boyles have a way out where Josie does not. Mary Boyle the daughter is self educated and reads books. She has the chance to marry Jerry Devine, a union man with prospects. She chooses instead Charles Bentham, the school teacher who, while looking well off really isn’t and absconds when she falls pregnant. Mary ends up isolated and alone and while we do feel sorry for her, she really is the architect of her own destruction.