First Confession Questions and Answers

First Confession

A theme of "First Confession" is that religion can be useful to children once it has been demystified. Jackie dreads making his first confession because his sister and Mrs. Ryan have both caused...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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First Confession

This is a wonderfully humorous book about the horrors of the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation from the viewpoint of a seven year old boy, Jackie. There are countless essays that could be...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016, 11:03 am (UTC)

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First Confession

In "First Confession," the author uses Irish dialect to set the characters in the particular culture in which the story takes place and also for humorous effect. For the story to have maximum...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2021, 12:34 am (UTC)

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First Confession

Irony is central to "First Confession," as the narrator portrays his younger self as probably sinful but certainly confused about the meaning of various Catholic sacraments and rites. At age seven,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018, 4:03 am (UTC)

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First Confession

Direct characterization occurs when an author, through the narrator, directly states what a character is like. In the story, Jackie, the narrator, delivers direct characterization of his...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018, 7:56 pm (UTC)

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First Confession

As Jackie receives instruction from the old woman Ryan in preparation for his first confession and communion, it is clear that she is trying to impress upon him the need for full disclosure. She...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2017, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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First Confession

Hawthorne's story is a great example of an allegory. In an allegory, most of the items, characters and events carry real significance as well as symbolic significance. Another way to answer the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010, 1:40 pm (UTC)

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First Confession

Seven-year-old Jackie fears judgment even more than he fears the beatings he receives from his family. To emphasize this fear, author Frank O'Connor uses fire to symbolize the judgment of God....

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 1:04 am (UTC)

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First Confession

To discuss whether Mrs. Ryan does a good job preparing the children for their first confession, it's important to understand why Catholics confess their sins to a priest. Relying on Scripture, they...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2021, 11:58 pm (UTC)

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First Confession

If "illustrative essay" means one that gives a birds-eye view of a major cohesive point that determines the novel's texture, then one suggestion might be to discuss the structure of the novel....

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010, 5:59 am (UTC)

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