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Juno and the Paycock Heroism of women

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Module 3 Project Juno and the Paycock By Ami Robinson Q6. Consider the play as a play about the heroism of women. O' Casey's play was set in 1920 in the working class tenements of Dublin, during the Irish civil period, and shows just how important the role of the woman is in a family. Men were considered more superior than women. The men had to support their families as they were the main source of financial income. In working class families, women also had to work. If they didn't, they wouldn't be able to pay the rent, or possibly not be able to feed their family. ...read more.


Another trait in Juno is the power of persuasion. She uses her wise words to persuade others, for example, Juno and her family are going through very difficult times, but because Juno is so strong, she has the power to keep the family together even in the most difficult of times. Juno persuades Mary that she doesn't need to have a father for her baby; instead the child will be lucky and have two mothers. Another example of how Juno uses her strong words is in Act 1, Scene 6 talking to Boyle. She is asking him why he didn't get up and answer the door, when he heard someone knocking. ...read more.


Another example is that in this play Juno is the only one working. The father, Mr. Boyle, can't keep a job and Juno has a steady job that somewhat supports the family. Mary is the other strong willed woman in this play; she was on strike to stand up for the principles she believes in. But when Mary is pregnant, and when Boyle and Johnny find out there first reaction is to abandon her Although now a day's women have almost every advantage as men do, in this play, the women portrayed were definitely anything but house wives. Juno was a strong, out spoken, in control woman throughout almost the whole play. Women have really come a long way from what the original views of their roles were. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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