As has already been said, the razor is a very important symbol in the story. Among other things, one could say that it represents the changeable nature of power. Just as a razor can be wielded by a senior army officer or a humble barber, so too can political power be wielded by high and low alike.
The fearsome Captain Torres is certainly the most powerful man in the vicinity: he is a man who strikes fear in the heart of every man, woman, and child. A brutal, corrupt individual, Torres enjoys pretty much absolute power in this neck of the woods, and he's not about to give it up.
And yet, that power is fragile; it can be taken away from him at any time. Maybe not any time soon, but at some point in the not-too-distant future. After all, Captain Torres is engaged in a brutal war against the rebels, and it's not inconceivable that one day they'll win and summarily execute him the way that he has executed so many of their comrades.
With the razor blade in his hands, the barber has a rare...
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