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Mrs Ryan and the PriestIn Frank OConnors story First Confession Mrs Ryan and the priest are different Mrs Ryan and the priest approach Jackie differently and have different affects on him Mrs Ryan makes Jackie feel like a sinner in her approach to him She teaches him how to examine his heart by asking himself a few questions Did we take the name of the Lord our God in Vain Did we honor our father and mother Did we love our neighbors as ourselves Did we covet our neighbors goods614 This made Jackie feel like he is a sinner because he feels that he was not honoring his grandmother and feels that he coveted Noras penny she got every week from their grandmother Mrs Ryan affects Jackie by making him feel that confession is scary After telling her story about the man who made a bad confession Jackie becomes scared of going to confession Mrs Ryan is trying to scare Jackie so that he wont make a bad confession but instead she causes him to become scared of going to confession Jackie becomes so scared that he starts to think I would make a bad confession and then die in the night and be continually coming back and burning peoples furniture 616The priest uses an approach of understanding He understands Jackies thought of being a sinner for instance he tells Jackie that there are a lot of people he would like to go after with a bread knife as well This had to make Jackie feel better about not being a sinner because the priest had thought the same thing as he had For Jackie says that he tried to kill his grandmother and Nora and the priest says theres a lot of people Id like to do the same to618 The priest affects Jackie by comforting him When the priest catches Nora clipping Jackie across the ear and yelled at her for doing this
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