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Unformatted text preview: Response Paper #1 For this paper, I read “Gimpel the Fool” by I.B. Singer. To date, this story struck me as the first Jewish parable that we had read for this class as it was the first story we’ve read that had a clear moral. While the others we’ve read have also been narratives that have made indirect comments on the state of society, “Gimpel the Fool” seems to be more simple and overt. However, it is still powerful because Singer uses the story to show some desirable character traits for Jews of his time. Authors have used stories to display good or “heroic” character traits for centuries, dating back to the epics of ancient Greece and Rome. Singer takes this one step further by exaggerating traits in Gimpel’s character. It is highly unlikely that a character like Gimpel would ever be found in real life; he is simply too absurd. From believing the dead have risen to discounting obvious signs of adultery from his wife, Gimpel is tricked more often and in more ways than...
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- Fall '11
- Saul Bellow, Gimpel, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Gimpel the Fool