Gimpel the Fool: Symbolism in Stereotyping

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
How, in the story of “Gimpel The Fool”, Isaac Bashevis Singer develops his characters in such a way that Gimpel is portrayed as a symbol of a stereotype.

“In the story of Gimpel The Fool, Isaac Bashevis Singer develops his characters in such a way that Gimpel is portrayed as a symbol of a stereotype. Throughout the story Gimpel gives nothing but honesty and trust to everyone. Gimpel is in turn stereotyped and plagued by his society as a senseless fool. If he indeed is a real fool, then he would lack the insight of realizing the motives behind all the people that function in his life. “I don’t think of myself as a fool (68),` and `What was I to do, I believed them (69)` were remarks that Gimpel made that fell into his two reasons for his gullibility. The first was that `everything is possible (69),` and his second was `I had to believe when the whole town came down on me (69).”


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