The Impacts of Decisions and Outcomes in Hernando Tellez’s “Lather and Nothing Else” and Edith Pargeter’s “The Purple Children”

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As human beings, it is inevitable to face moral dilemmas in life. When it comes to decision-making of a complex situation, individuals often consider their own values and consequences to their actions. Hernando Tellez’s “Lather and Nothing Else” and Edith Pargeter’s “The Purple Children” demonstrate the conflicts a person has with themselves when approached with a challenging situation which requires decision-making. The barber from “Lather and Nothing Else” and the sentry from “The Purple Children” demonstrate the importance of placing one’s own values as a priority when making a difficult choice because it will allow the individual to make peace with the outcome. Individuals who give more worth to penalties that would put themselves at risk than those costs that do not affect them as much are more likely to be content with their decisions. For example, the temptation of murder that the Barber felt when shaving Captain Torres was overruled by the punishments that the Barber would have to encounter, “He wouldn't suffer. But what would I do with the body? Where would I hide it? I’d have to run, leaving all of this, take cover far, far away. But they would follow me until they ran into me. ‘Captain Torres' murderer. He cut his throat while he was shaving him. What a coward’” (Tellez). This establishes an in-depth moral dilemma that the barber encounters when deciding to give in to his temptations or to stick to his values as a person. This conflict represents the “flood”

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