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“Literary Analysis Of First Confession By: Frank O’connor”

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“Literary Analysis of First Confession by: Frank O’Connor”
Frank O’ Connor’s “First Confession” is a fastidious short story about fear of eternal punishment for childhood sins. This is a story of a misunderstood young boy who feels disdain and disgust towards his grandmother’s looks and old ways. He also feels anger toward his relatives because they sided with his grandmother. He blames his grandmother for his childhood sins. From trying to lash his sister with a bread knife, not eating the food prepared by her grandmother, kicking his grandmother on the shin, to the extent of planning to kill his grandmother. These childhood sins have to be confessed to a priest because of Jackie’s fear of ...view middle of the document...

The boy reveals he “knew then [he] was lost, given up to eternal justice” while “the door with the coloured-glass panels swung shut behind [him]”. O’Connor begins to describe the church’s setting while linking the boy to the shut door revealing there is no going back and that he must confess. The boy also describes that “the sunlight went out and gave place to deep shadow” which can depict that they boy must finally face the dark thoughts that have overwhelmed him. Frank O’Connor’s connotation of the setting of the main event of the story is directly in line of the characters emotions.
Frank O’Connor continues to use the description of the setting to help reveal how the character feels as the young boy begins to leave the church. When the young boy first entered the church he explained “silence within seemed to crackle like ice under my feet” as if he felt he were on thin ice. However, upon leaving the church the boy unveiled that “the frozen silence melted” and he “heard the screech of trams...

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