Lather and Nothing Else

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Critical Essay on “Lather and Nothing Else” It is difficult to decide which is the right decision to make when a situation presents itself. Normally, people carefully think over the consequences both positive and negative and we may believe that we have made the right choice although, others may not think so. The barber's choice in the short story, "Lather and Nothing Else" written by Hernando Tellez, is negotiable. He is secretly a member of the resistance that is fighting against the government. The conflict is introduced when Captain Torres, an executioner, walks into the barber’s shop to get shaved. That gives the barber an opportunity to kill him and become a hero. As the barber shaves him he contemplates every possible outcome of…show more content…
He is prepared to explain himself as he lets the Captain go because he knows what is best for him, thus proving his heroic act by sparing the Captain and wanting to keep a clean conscience. In conclusion, it could be said that the barber is a coward for letting such an opportunity slip away, but he clearly thought his decision through as he stated the observation, "No one deserves the sacrifice others make in becoming an assassin." (Tellez). He chose his reputation as a barber, his very chance at staying alive, and his morals over the option of assassinating Captain
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