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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 weve read that had a clear moral. While the others weve 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 Gimpels 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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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course COMP LIT 200 taught by Professor Marshagealy during the Fall '11 term at Northwestern.
- Fall '11