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Foolishness in Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Gimpel the Fool"

In Isaac Bashevis Singer's story, "Gimpel the Fool!" it is noticeable that Gimpel is made and thought to be a fool. There are definitely things that a reasonable amount of people could find extremely foolish in Gimpel yet in ways; he seems to be somewhat of a saint, not just a simple minded fool. It even seems that with everyone else in his head telling him he is a fool, he starts to even look at himself as one. This process gives a lower level of self-esteem to him than what he really should have. All throughout the story, are examples of why someshould think of Gimpel as a fool as well. When, in all honesty, everyone looks at the story closely. Gimpel is not as big of a fool as he is made out to be. Throughout, the whole story,Gimpel is understood to be convinced by everyone else that he is thelargest fool in the village. The truth of the matter is that the only fools in that village are the ones who feel they need to feed off of his humiliation and to also convince Gimpel that he is less important and ignorant.
This is the part of the story that is the most interesting to many. Gimpel can be expressed as an ignorant fool for his whole life when anyone can clearly see where the ignorance is really coming from. A man like this is not just a fool; he
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The dead have arisen" (4). Being as unbelievable as it already was, a woman next door, by the name of Reitze, over-hears their talk and later jumps in with, "Gimpel, your father and mother have stood up from the grave. They're looking for you" (4). The cruelest prank has hit Gimpel and the issue blinds him. He mentions in the story that he knows it is all a scam, yet he throws on his jacket and goes to check and see if his parents were really

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