“She should be dhriven from the house she’s brought so much shame upon”
Instead of trying to support his daughter through this difficult and emotionally strained situation, he instead seeks to drive her from the house and from the family. This anger’s Juno, and leads her to threaten Boyle that if Mary leaves the family then Juno will follow her, as he is attempting to destroy that which she holds to be the most valuable thing, her family, purely in order to protect his own reputation However, the final thing that convinces Juno the family is irreparably torn apart is Johnny’s death at the hands of his former comrades. This cements Juno’s decision to leave, she feel’s justified in leaving with Mary in order to help her raise her child (abortion not being an option at this time in such a heavily catholic country) as she is the only part of her family that is salvageable, with Johnny dead and her convinced that Boyle is beyond salvation.
“Let your father furrage for himself now; I’ve done all I could an’ it was all no use - he’ll be hopeless till the end of his days.”
This is the final collapse of the relationship, and we see the final outcome of it. Boyle is left unchanged, as the closing scene of