Religion and Comparison: Symbolism

The Symbolism of Religion and Comparison


In comparing the books "Confession of the Jews" and "First Confession",
I have found there to be similarities and differences. For example, "First
Confession" deals with a boy converting from a boy to a young man by going to
confession and telling his sins for the first time. "Conversion of the Jews"
deals with converting a boy into someone he has never really seen which was a
free thinker which only older people usually do.
In "Conversion of the Jews" Ozzie, who was the main character, had a
problem with getting along with the priest Rabbi Binder at Hebrew School. Rabbi
Binder didn't really like Ozzie because he was always asking a lot of questions
and Rabbi Binder was always getting angry at him. In "First Confession" Jackie,
the main character, also had a problem. Jackies problem was similar to Ozzies,
but also different. Jackie had a problem with his sister Nora. Nora believed
that Jackie was always lying and being bad. On his confession day his mother
sent Nora go with Jackie. Nora ordered Jackie to tell all of his sins, including
how he was mean to the grandmother who lived with them.
Ozzie seemed troubled to Rabbi Binder in "Conversion of the Jews". In
reality Jackie wasn't bad at all, he was just a boy who wanted answers to his
questions. And that was proved when Ozzie asked a question in class and Rabbi
Binder went crazy and hit Ozzie because he thought Ozzie was trying to be a wise
guy. So Ozzie tried to prove a point to Rabbi Binder and his fellow classmates
by running to the roof and making believe he was going to jump. With Ozzie
being on the roof it gave Rabbi Binder a bigger belief that Ozzie was crazy and
troubled. Ozzie wasn't really crazy, he was just trying to make a point that he
really wasn't dumb. Ozzie just wanted to believe that there was really a Christ.
So with the point that Ozzie was trying to make helped to convert everyone and
their beliefs.
Jackie, like Ozzie, was also troubled in "First Confession". He was a
young boy who lived with his family, including the grandmother. Jackie believed
the grandmother didn't like him very much, so he did mean things to her like
hide under the table when she cooked dinner. When it came time for his first
confession he went with his sister Nora. Nora tormented Jackie and scared him
into believing he was a sinner and he will pay for all of his sins. Jackie was
not as bad as Nora made him out to be, he was just being a normal young boy.
When Jackies turn was up to make his confession, he was unsure of what to do so
he did what he thought was right but messed up and ended up humiliating Nora.
In reality the priest did not find anything wrong with what Jackie did, the
priest actually found it to be very amusing. Jackie went ahead and told his
sins and ended up only having to say three hail Mary's. Nora was in complete
shock and could not believe such a sinner got off with such an easy penance, but
Jackie did and also made good friends with the priest.
Religion was very important in both stories. "First Confession" deals
with being in church and telling sins to a priest which is what most Catholics
practice in a catholic church. In "Conversion of the Jews" the children went to
Hebrew School which was a way for the Jews to practice their religion. The two
stories are different in religion ways but they are the same for the ways they
preach and how it is taught.
In comparing the two boys, I would have to say that they are very
similar in ways of their conscience. Ozzie was scared to get in trouble and he
did not do it on purpose but it always happened that he did get in trouble. He
just wanted to be taught about his religion the right way but he felt he never
got the answers he needed to his questions which led him to the roof. He knew
it was not right for him to jump off the roof, so he just tormented everyone
into thinking he was going to jump. He had a guilty conscience because he knew
everyone was starting to worry, but he stayed until he proved his point. As for
Jackie, I believe his sister Nora gave him a conscience. She made him believe
he was very bad and