“First Confession” point of view
Pandora’s box is an artifact in the Greek mythology. This box given to Pandora to hold on to that contained all the evil beings of the world. When Pandora became curious and opened the box, the entire contents of the box were released into the open, except for one and that one was hope. Many times in our lives we feel like we have accumulated enough sin that we are hopeless in reaching the ultimate destination that there is which is Heaven. In moments like this we feel disconnected and alone in our secret sinful hurts, hang-ups and habits. In “First Confession,” by Frank O`Connor the story is told in first person by a little boy named Jackie who feels like a hopeless sinner destined for hell at only the age of 7. In this story Jackie expresses his real feelings about Gran, how his sister really treats him and his terrible fear of confessing his sinful nature at his first confession.
Jackie begins by claiming that his troubles began after his grandfather had died. After his death, Jackie’s Gran had moved in with the family. His world was turned upside down by this and he did not like it at all. Gran had the eating manners of a pig, an addiction to snuff and always carried a jug of porter by her side. He viewed Gran’s home cooking as disgusting and refused to eat it. Jackie believes that all his problems would be solved by killing Gran and attacking his sister, Nora. His anger towards the changes in his life began to boil over and the next thing you know he is under the table with a butter knife bolting towards his sister Nora.
As seen in Jackie’s eyes his sister Nora was Grans favorite. Nora acted like a sweet angel in front of Gran to get a penny every Friday but turned around and was the complete opposite of an angel towards him. Jackie couldn’t get away with anything and saw Nora as a tattle tale, always trying to make her look like the perfect child of the household. She told their...