Just Lather That’s All

“And so, which will it be? Murderer or hero? My fate hangs on the edge of this razor blade” (4, Tellez). The protagonist, a barber, is secretly revolutionary, and one day, his enemy came to be shaved. The barber is struggling to decide whether to kill him or not.
In Hernando Tellezs’ ‘Just Lather That’s All’, our dynamic character’s, the barber, thoughts on whether to kill the captain or not changed throughout the story.

At the beginning of the story, the barber was thinking about killing the captain. “’And it would be so easy to kill him. He deserves it’” (3). He thought about killing Torres because Torres is an executioner, and he had sent countless people to their death. The barber is secretly a revolutionary, and Torres was his enemy, but why didn’t the barber decide not to kill him?

Even though the barber wanted to kill the captain at first, he changed over the course of the story and chose not to after thinking about the consequences: “But I don’t want to be a murderer. No, sir. You came in to be shaved” (4). This shows that the barber thought about killing, but second thoughts, he doesn’t want blood on his hands. Also, even if the barber kills Torres, what will he gain? Nothing.

In conclusion, “No one deserves the sacrifice others make in becoming assassins” (3), and nothing would be gained if you murder. The first to murder dies from the hands of the second, and the second would be killed by the third, and the world will eventually be filled with blood.

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