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…
Or should he not? The author has lots of emotion in his story, which is not too difficult when it’s written in first person. He thinks about what the consequences would be, and if it’s even worth it in the first place. The barber decides it isn’t worth the risk of being hunted down, and making the war more intense. Much more conflict would occur amongst the troops and the other captains, they would still carry on the same ways, and they will just have a different head captain. Killing him would not end what he wants to be ended. The war would go on, so it’s not worth it. “I don’t want blood on my hands... Just lather, that’s all.” Stated the author. The author uses tons of suspense within his story also. When the barber recognizes him and trembles, when the captain announces “not one will live,” describing the four rebels hanging naked, dead, when he sees the veins popping out of the skin, “waiting to be slit,” when he turns around to say something to the barber, there’s numerous uses of suspense. In the end of the story, when the captain turns around to say something to the barber, you get mixed emotions, and ask yourself about the feelings he was having. “They told me that you’d kill me. I came to find out. But killing isn’t easy. You can take my word for it.” In a way, the author shows remorse and guilt, but stuck-up, selfishness at the same time. You wonder if he wishes to be killed. Or if he

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