Critical Essay on "Just Lather Thats All"

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(Critical Essay On “Just Lather, That’s All” By Hernando Tellez) By Benaiah Trudell Just Dilemmas, That’s All AP English 10 “Just Lather, That’s All” proves that decisions people make and the dilemmas they end up in reflect largely on their personalities. Decisions show everyone what kind of person you are (enthusiastic, depressed, anger-deprived, intelligent, careful, judgmental, etc.) This short story is about a war between the governments’ military forces and the protestors (‘The Rebels”). During this war, there was a local barber in the town. The captain (of the troops against the protestors) came into…show more content…
The story shows that the author/barber is too weak to kill a human being; he would feel remorse, and guilt. He is not selfish, and he is quite intelligent with his use of thoughts. The barber made his decision, with no direct consequences, they weren’t worth it. He “didn’t want blood on his hands.” The captain entered the shop for a haircut, normal or not, and that’s all he got. The local barber remains in his barber shop, even after facing his worst enemy and making difficult choices. The dilemma in this story is very large; he doesn’t know the consequences of each of the two choices. Two tough choices, both not very pleasant, he made the right choice. And the war continues unsolved. The ending is very indeterminate because you’re left asking yourself many questions about the story. You don’t know what happens to the barber or even the captain in that case. Did the captain rat out the barber and kill him? Or does he leave him be due to his innocence? Does the captain continue killing, even after saying how difficult it is? You’re wondering so many things about this story. And all questions are left
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