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Posted June 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM via web

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What is the climax, falling action, and resolution in "Gimpel the Fool" by Isaac Beshevis Singer?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 9, 2012 at 2:59 AM (Answer #1)

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The climax of "Gimpel the Fool" is when Gimpel finds another man sleeping in bed with his wife for the second time and she fools him again! She tells him to go out and check the goat while the man (his baker's apprentice) slips away. When Gimpel comes back, his wife convinces him that he must have seen a shadow. He makes some mention of it to the man the next day at work, but forgets the whole things and accepts the lie yet again.  The falling action is the fact that he stays with her for 20 more years! He explains,

"All kinds of things happened, but I neither saw nor heard. I believed, and that's all. The rabbi recently said to me, 'Belief in itself is beneficial. It is written that a good man lives by his faith.'"

Gimpel also helps to raise six girls and two boys that his wife gives birth to. The Resolution is that his wife confesses on her death bed that none of the children are his and that she had lied throughout the whole marriage. However, Gimpel's personal resolution is to continue what he said in the quote above and simply believed everything.  He never changed and even still loved his wife till the day he died.

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