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Look again at Pg 10-13 of Juno and The Paycock. How far do you agree that O`Casey portrays life in Dublin to be full of corruption and negativity in this extract and elsewhere in the novel.

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Look again at Pg 10-13 of Juno and The Paycock. How far do you agree that O`Casey portrays life in Dublin to be full of corruption and negativity in this extract and elsewhere in the novel. The extract is in Act 1, relatively near the start of the book. In the previous few pages Mary and Juno are talking about the deaths of soldiers which makes Johnny very unsettled and anxious, this is because he gave information to the authorities that lead to the death of a young soldier, but this is not revealed in the play until later on. In the extract it is the first time we meet The Captain and Joxer, when Juno hears them coming she hides herself out of site. The Captain and Joxer then come in and talk about Juno behind her back, it is very funny when Juno reveals herself and suddenly Joxer is in a "desperate hurry" and The Captain is now really keen to find himself a job. ...read more.

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I think this shows us corruption and negativity from Juno's eyes but from the eyes of The Captain it is perfectly normal and he doesn't see what's so bad about it. As the extract goes on Juno hides from view and lets Boyle and Joxer come on in so she can secretly listen to their conversation, "she sits down on the bed, hidden from the view of those walking in." He talks about her in a negative way, complaining about her constant "grousin'" and saying how he only gets "comfort when she's away." Again O'Casey is showing us that life is full of negativity from Junos eyes but not from The Captain's eyes, her husband is sick of her and obviously doesn't like spending time with her, this would be sad and again we feel sorry that Juno has to put up with him. As soon as Juno reveals herself it is very funny when Joxer is in a "desparate hurry", his childish fear of Juno is very comical. ...read more.

Conclusion

She says "I killin' meself workin" this shows just how hard Juno works to keep her family happy. This is not made any easier when Boyle spends a lot of the families money on alcohol in the pub. This means Juno and the rest of the family cannot afford any type of luxuries due to The Captains selfishness. The life for Juno is not pleasant, she has two children and a husband and they all need constant attention from her, she does so much for the family and they keep wanting more and more. I think O'Casey presents Junos life in Dublin as full of negativity and corruption but the life for Boyle is easy, he does no work and just spends his days doing whatever he wants, and making Junos life a lot more difficult. I do agree that he presents life in Dublin as negative, but only for Juno, she works all day and looks after the family the rest of the time, she has no time to do what she wants whereas the captain does whatever he wants. I feel sorry for Juno, she deserves a lot more than what she gets. ...read more.

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