Varying Perspectives of Killing: Jack from Lord of the Flies vs. the Barber from "Just Lather, That's All"

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The question of why people may become murderers has been asked many times. Whether it is hereditary, chemical in nature, or for another reason, the answer is unclear. One possibility is that a person develops into a murderer through their upbringing, and present situation. Two examples of this are Jack from William Golding's Lord of the Flies who becomes a murderer, and the barber from Hernando Tellez's, "Just Lather That's All" who holds back from murder. It is because of their role in their group, their societal upbringing as well as their reasons to potentially commit murder, that they have different perspectives on killing; resulting in the varying choices they make.
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The societal upbringing of the two characters also affected their perspectives of killing. The Barber had lived and continued to live in society for many years and as an adult he knew that murder was a bad thing. He has an inner struggle within himself and he knows that "No one deserves to have someone else make the sacrifice of becoming a murderer." (Tellez, 16) Jack however, was still a child and didn't wholly realize the wrongs of murder: "Viciously, with full intention, he (Jack) hurled his spear at Ralph." (Golding, 201) The lack of adults and laws on the island only helped to erode the few morals Jack had developed over time, until he didn't know right from wrong, essentially turning him into a savage. As the two characters had different upbringings, their perspectives on killing varied. The barber had well founded morals as an adult, while Jack whose upbringing abruptly ended, forgot that murder was wrong.
As displayed by the characteristic differences between Jack from William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and the barber from Hernando Tellez's "Just Lather That's All" their varying perspectives on killing caused them to act differently. It seems that their role in their group, their societal upbringing as well as their reasons for murder shaped their perspectives on killing, thus causing their varying choices concerning murder.

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