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Being raised by a rabbi in a large Jewish neighborhood, Isaac Bashevis Singer uses Jewish beliefs and themes as the focal point in almost all of his works. As Singer retells many childhood stories in his memoir In My Father’s Court, the idea and motif of forgiveness is constantly used as he witnesses his father perform many arbitrations. Singer also uses forgiveness as a central theme in his later adult work, as seen in his short story “A Crown of Feathers”; though it is evident through the story that his view on forgiveness had changed as he grew older. While Singer has retained the theme of forgiveness in his work, it has matured and darkened as a result of his life experiences. As the son of a rabbi, Singer was able to see firsthand the …show more content…

She converts to Christianity and marries a neglectful squire, only to realize after she has lost everything and her grandfather’s ghost appears that she has greatly sinned and wishes to repent. She seeks out the man she refused to marry years before and lives the remainder of her life in poverty and suffering in hopes that God forgives her. The quest for forgiveness completely consumes Akhsa and instead of being comforted by repentance, she suffers not knowing whether God has forgiven her. Even when she finds the miraculous crown of feathers in her pillow before she dies, she is still not at peace as she remembers the words of the devil who appeared to her that, “the truth is that there is no truth” (Singer 371). Despite the miracle that has happened to her, Akhsa is unable to definitively know that she has been forgiven. This nihilistic ending reflects Singer himself and how he viewed forgiveness at different parts of his …show more content…

Through “The Purim Gift” and “To Warsaw,” Singer shows how he saw forgiveness as a simple means to a happy ending. However, as he grew into an adult and the world around him drastically changed, Singer realized that his beliefs were not as simple as he thought as a child and that there is much more inner turmoil present needed for forgiveness. This realization came with growing up in a conflict-ridden Europe that culminated in the Holocaust. Singer’s perception of forgiveness evolved not only due to simply growing up, but also possibly because of the Holocaust and its effect on other Jews, as he was able to avoid it. Singer’s relationship with forgiveness shows the complexity of both faith and emotion and how childhood innocence is

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