By John O'Riordan
An in depth consultant and research of playwright Sean O'Casey's works - performs and Playlets- by means of John O'Riordan. Touches on 23 of his O'Casey's works.
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Hesione Hushabye in Shaw's play might almost be speaking for Juno, when she exclaims: What do men want? They have their food, their firesides, their clothes mended, and our love at the end of the day. Why are they not satisfied? Why do they envy us the pain with which we bring them into the world, and make strange dangers and torments for themselves to be even with us? Juno and the Paycock 47 And, apart from Juno herself, martyr-figure of Ireland's sufferings, the play's cast offers superb opportunities for all-round golden performances.
The silence is startled by sounds of a motor-engine warming up, getting ready to go; and Shields, with relief, remarks: 'There's the motor goin' away; we can sleep in peace now for the rest of the night'. ) Before preparing himself for sleep, Shields suddenly remembers the bag under his bed left by Maguire. ) But Davoren, on checking, is The Shadow of a Gunman 25 horrified to discover it contains explosives. Unwittingly, the two have fallen into a trap, and are potentially subversive suspects. Their panic is frenzied.
With all due respect to the gunmen, I don't want them to die for me'. This is countered by Davoren's grimly ironic, 'Not likely; you object to any one of them deliberately dying for you for fear that one of these days you might accidentally die for one of them'. Dramatic irony, indeed, pointing to premonition of Minnie's plight. With veiled portentousness, Shields also remarks: 'An' as for bein' brave, it's easy to be that when you've no cause for cowardice'. Hardly have both proclaimed their fearlessness- Shields because of religion and Davoren because of his philosophy - when shots ring 22 A Guide to O'Casey's Plays out from the wall of the back-yard behind the tenement.
A Guide to O’Casey’s Plays: From the Plough to the Stars by John O'Riordan