The Symbolism of Religion and Comparison

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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...