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Title: First Confession by: Frank OConnor


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First Confessionby Frank OConnor
  • Presented by Megan Alexander
  • And Tyler Mooney

2
Short Summary
  • The story is about a young boy seven years old,
    getting ready for his first confession in the
    Catholic Church.
  • He is scared of this confession because he wants
    to kill his grandmother( who has recently moved
    in with the family) and also tried to kill his
    sister with a butter knife.
  • He blames his grandmother for all the recent
    troubles in the family and can only see his
    confession being bad, and if he told a bad
    confession he would burn in the flames of hell.
  • During his confession he admits to all his sins,
    learning that honesty is the best policy since
    the priest was very friendly toward Jackie.

3
Significance of the Title
  • the title summarizes the main event in the story
    of a first confession
  • It gives reference to how all of our firsts in
    life are scary, but the best way to get through
    them is to not be afraid
  • This title makes us relate to the story in
    reminiscing of our own firsts

4
Narration
  • The story is told in the first person point of
    view by the protagonist, Jackie
  • The perspective used is detached autobiography,
    in which the narrator are the main character
    guiding the reader through the story
  • The tone of the language is of a scared resentful
    seven year old boy.
  • He is reliable to his own perspective of the
    story but there is always doubt whether the story
    is true when told through first person narration.

5
Focus of Beginning and Ending
  • The author focuses on trying to present the
    narrator as honest and truthful.
  • In the beginning the narrator says he is too
    honest, and he cannot make himself seem better
    than he really is, but in the end he is rewarded
    for this honesty by becoming friends with the
    priest.

6
Allusions
  • There is reference to the Bible, when the cock
    crows three time and then Peter betrays Jesus
    three times.

7
Character Transformation
  • In the beginning Jackie, the narrator, is a
    frightened young boy who is scared of going
    because of telling the truth.
  • In the end he faces his fears of going to
    confession and learns to tell the truth even if
    he is ashamed of it.

8
Major Theme
  • HONESTY
  • Jackie is honest to the priest, understanding how
    the truth will set you free
  • Nora, his sister, becomes aggravated with Jackie
    because after all those years of being bad, his
    only punishment from the priest was three Hail
    Marys.

9
Minor Themes
  • Over coming fears
  • Although Jackie did not want to go to confession,
    he faces and overcomes this fear

10
The Authors Goal
  • The story shows irony in Jackies confession, by
    allowing his first confession be a very memorable
    one.
  • Jackie purposely misses the confession when the
    whole class goes, but then only to discover that
    his evil sister has to take him.
  • The authors goal to renew the faith in honesty
    and truth was accomplish in a very ironic and
    funny way.

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Reactions
  • We thought that this story was very ironic and
    true. The transformation of Jackie in the story
    showed how honesty is the best policy.
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