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What is the theme of "Gimpel the Fool"?

The theme of "Gimpel the Fool" is the power of belief and the nature of faith. Gimpel is a character who believes everything he is told. The other people in his village think they are deceiving him...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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What is the tone of the story "Gimpel The Fool"?

Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story, "Gimpel the Fool" is written in an honest, literal, simplistic tone, devoid of sarcasm from the narrator. Instead, the irony is situational: Gimpel is a fool...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 3:56 am UTC

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In the story "Gimpel The Fool," is Gimpel or the townspeople more foolish? Why?

In the famous story "Gimpel the Fool" by Isaac Bashevis Singer, a simple baker named Gimpel is continually harassed and ridiculed by the townspeople. Eventually, they persuade him to marry a...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 2:59 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2012 2:59 am UTC

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In the story "Gimpel The Fool," how are the townspeople foolish?

Elka, the town prostitute, acts foolishly by getting pregnant and then trying to pass off the man's child as Gimpel's. In other words, a fool is treating someone else like a fool. Gimpel in turn...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 1:22 pm UTC

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"No doubt the world is entirely an imaginary world, but it is only once removed from the true world." Comment on this...

The short story "Gimpel the Fool" by Isaac Bashevis Singer tells of a simple baker who is ridiculed for being naive and gullible. The quotation in question is from the final paragraph of the story....

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 1:24 am UTC

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In Issac Bashevis Singer's "Gimpel the Fool," Gimpel states, “What’s the good of not believing? Today it’s your wife...

Issac Bashevis Singer "Gimpel the Fool" Gimpel’s statement, “What’s the good of not believing? Today it’s your wife you don’t believe; tomorrow it’s God himself you won’t take stock in.” What is...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2007 10:03 am UTC

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In Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story "Gimpel the Fool," how does the character "gimpel" repersent realism?

Here's an answer to a similar question: http://www.enotes.com/gimpel-fool/q-and-a/end-story-gimpel-talks-about-two-worlds-real-3791 Another answer: on Gimpel the fool, realism, and the idea that we...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2012 12:53 pm UTC

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What are some examples of "old-world Jewish culture" from "Gimpel the Fool?"

"Old-world Jewish culture" in this context would refer to the Jewish ghettos and villages in Poland, where Isaac Bashevis Singer grew up. It is exemplified by strong traditions, tightly-knit...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 10:59 pm UTC

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Identify five descriptive details in "Gimpel the Fool" that enhance the realism of the story.

The first time the other children fool Gimpel, telling him that the rabbi's wife is pregnant, they add to his confusion by cramming goat droppings into his hand. These, he says, are a fool's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 11:52 am UTC

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Consider Gimpel’s relationship with the rabbi. How does the rabbi’s advice affect Gimpel’s approach to life? What...

As you might have noticed, Gimpel has a significant interaction early on with a rabbi. The rabbi tells Gimpel: Better to be a fool all your days than for one hour to be evil. You are not a fool....

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 6:52 pm UTC

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At the end of the story, Gimpel talks about two worlds, the real world and the imaginary world. Which one is heaven...

Good question! Technically speaking, the imaginary world is heaven…right now. Therefore, the real world is daily life. However, the two worlds are very close together, and soon they will swap...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2007 12:29 am UTC

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What are the similarities and parallels between "Gimpel the Fool" and "The Magic Barrel"? 

Start with the most basic similarities: both are examples of Jewish fabulism. That is to say, both are written by Jewish authors, about Jewish characters and using language marked by traditional...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015 8:37 pm UTC

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What happens while Gimpel and Elka are separated in "Gimpel the Fool"?

One day, Gimpel is shocked to discover his wife Elka in bed with another man. This is not the first time she's cheated on him, and it certainly won't be the last. The local rabbi orders Gimpel to...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 11:54 am UTC

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