Who the Fools Are in Gimpel the Fool Essay

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Who the Fools Are in Gimpel the Fool When reading through "Gimpel the Fool", the reader asks who the fools really are? Throughout this paper I will use the psychological approach. I will use this to show that Gimpel's character grows more into a successful person rather than a fool as everyone knows him to be. "Gimpel The Fool" is a story written by Isaac Bashevis Singer. This story is about a simple man named Gimpel. He is measured by many to be a fool because he is naive and easily taking advantage of; constantly falling for tricks layed out by the townspeople. Gimpel is also easily persuaded by the townspeople; they end up persuading him into marrying Elka, who is known as a whore. The author's point of view is what he is trying…show more content…
When he is right they belittle him and talk to him as if he were wrong, Gimpel would say "Ah you're kidding!"(301). That means trouble for him; the townspeople came back and say, " What do you mean! You want to call everyone a liar?"(301). Gimpel has no way of winning with the townspeople. It is just better and easier for him to go along with what they have to say so he would not have to have an argument. Gimpel also told himself that nothing is really impossible. "Gimpel the Fool" is a unique story in which you find out about people and how they react toward each other. In this story, Gimpel is not known as a very bright man, just as a fool. This story is written in a first person point of view, the narrator is the main character Gimpel. In this story the town symbolizes evil. The town's evil is brought out through the townspeople with the way they treat Gimpel. The bakery symbolizes good; it is Gimpel's success. When reading this story I chose to use the psychological approach. I chose this approach because of the different type of personalities we are able to see throughout the story. Gimpel's personality type is known as an introvert. He is not very sociable. When he is with people they always just treat him as a fool rather than a person, this is why Gimpel chose not to be sociable. Gimpel would be more sociable with people if they had treated him with more respect. All the townspeople including Elka and the Rabbi were extroverts: they all

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