What is the theme of "Gimpel the Fool"?

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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 and treat him as a laughingstock, but Gimpel prefers to think the best of everyone and give them the benefit of the doubt. The best example of this is his marriage to Elka, who repeatedly cheats on him and has many illegitimate children that she convinces Gimpel are his. Even when Gimpel catches other men in her bed, she is able to convince him that he has been seeing things.

In fact, Gimpel is not a fool at all. He knows that Elka is deceiving him; he even goes so far as to separate from her. What he comes to understand, however, is that the power of his belief and love is more important than the "truth" about Elka's infidelities.

There are numerous themes in the the short story "Gimpel the Fool," but the most prominent one is probably the difference between perception and reality. Gimpel...

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