In "Just Lather, That's All," how is the barber or Captain Torres a hero?

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There are no heroes in Hernando Tellez's short story, "Just Lather, That's All ." Although Captain Torres' visit to the barber shop could be considered an act of bravery, the captain's many acts of barbaric brutality against the rebels could never classify him as a hero. His manner of...

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There are no heroes in Hernando Tellez's short story, "Just Lather, That's All." Although Captain Torres' visit to the barber shop could be considered an act of bravery, the captain's many acts of barbaric brutality against the rebels could never classify him as a hero. His manner of rounding up the rebels and then torturing before killing them could never be classified as heroic. The barber may well have become a hero to the rebels and their supporters had he killed Torres, but only by committing an act of murder himself. However, the barber thought better of it, in part because he was worried about the consequences that he would face afterward.

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