The barber also reflects on the result of revolutionary armed conflict. He picks up his best razor and chooses murderer or hero. After a while the barber faces an obstacle. And we always have to overcome those problems.
At this point it is clear that two opposing political parties exist. This quote tells us, you never know what to expect, and the situation or statement might be the complete opposite. This is no typical customer, however; the barber recounts that he began to tremble when he recognized him.
During the course of the shave, the Lather and nothing else men engage in brief but revealing dialogue. With the death of the captain by his hands, the barber would be praised as the avenger of his people, and would be remembered by all for bringing justice to his town.
The barber encourages Torres to give details on the number of men apprehended and their fate, because he is a clandestine member of that faction. Killing the captain would mean avenging the death of many of his comrades and perhaps even saving those recently captured.
On one hand, he is an informant for the revolutionary party and has the opportunity to kill his enemy. I know what I am talking about. When Torres takes a seat, the barber estimates he has a four-day growth of beard and takes note that it was the four days Torres was on a foray against his fellow revolutionaries.
The barber would have to flee town to avoid getting caught, and this would cost him his most valued passion—being a barber. The third main literary term in this short story is symbolism.
He is simply a barber and values nothing more than his occupation. The razor is the most important in this story because the barber decides to be a murderer or hero.
You can take my word for it. All these three literary terms come to play in this short story. Hiding from his enemies would not aid him in avoiding their wrath, for they would search for him until he is found.
The barber is one who faced such a dilemma—his worst enemy was also a customer in his shop. On the other hand, the barber considers that killing under such circumstances not only could be interpreted as a cowardly act, but also would make him as much a criminal as Torres. These quotes tell us that at some point in our lives we will face challenges.
For example, the barber meets a roadblock and makes a choice, either to kill the Caption or not to kill, which is the conflict.
One choice the barber considered was to kill Torres, a member of the existing regime, for this would relieve the town of his ruthless crimes. Fate has presented him with a rare opportunity to become a hero. This quote tells us that we all have a choice and our heart and fate will guide us.
The barber thought that the Captain never knew he was a revolutionary but in the end it was the complete opposite. Furthermore, he would find it difficult to explain to the revolutionaries that Torres was in his very hands and yet he did not avail of this opportunity to finish him there and then.
I came to find out if it was true. However, the barber finally decided against killing Torres as he came to realize he is not one to commit a murder. This was how he was going to determine his fate. Since the barber is a revolutionary, it would be only natural for him to do just that. Soon enough, he would meet the same fate of his fellow revolutionaries.Watch video · This is "Lather and Nothing Else" by Zach Healey on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Set in a barbershop in a small Colombian town, the narrator of "Lather and Nothing Else" by Hernando Tellez is a barber tasked with shaving a man who turns out to be the leader of the opposing political party.
Holding a razor, the barber faces the dilemma of whether he should kill the man, Captain. Author of Lather and Nothing Else Hernando Téllez (22 March – ) was a Colombian journalist and author.
Born and educated in Bogotá, Téllez entered very early the world of journalism, with which he is primarily identified, having been on the staff of some of Colombia's most popular newspapers and magazines.Download