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

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

user8962188 | Student

The barber would be a hero IF he killed as he would avenge the deaths of the troops that the captain had previously killed, he would also prevent the captain from more killing more rebels and he would prove his loyalty towards the troops and advance the rebels cause. 

jman2931 | Student

torres isnt the hero


jyung95 | Student

The barber would be a hero if he killed the captain because then it would mean that the rebels have won, but only for a short period of time. This is because the government would easily go look for another person to take over Captain Torres. However, by being a murderer would generally make the barber NOT a hero. Remember, only to his rebel friends he is a hero, and not to the whole community.

Captain Torres would be a hero in 2 ways. One would be by killing a rebel, he would reduce the number of people who oppose the government, and the Captain would be doing his job. His job is to reduce the number of rebels in the small community, so there would be less riots, and violence. Also, remember when the Captain DID NOT kill the barber, even if the barber was a rebel? Well, this would be another reason why the Captain would be a hero. Another would be that at the end of the story, the Captain mentioned that it was hard to kill too. This proved that the Captain also had a heart, and this also meant he loved the people in his community, rebel or not. But it was his job to kill rebels.





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