Indentify two different types of conflict present in the the story of just lather thats all and find examples fro each.

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vnessawong21 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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There is an internal conflict and an external conflict in "Just Lather That's All." 

The internal conflict is the struggle within the barber of whether or not he should murder Captain Torres. He knows how evil the Captain is and how many people he has murdered. However, he cannot bring himself to cross the moral line of murdering a defenseless man in cold blood.

The external conflict in the story is the struggle between the rebel forces and Captain Torres. There is clearly a civil war that the barber is part of. So, there is a physical conflict ongoing throughout the story. 

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The conflict in Just Lather, That's All, is both external and internal.

"But we did all right, you know. We got the main ones. We brought back some dead, and we've got some others still alive. But pretty soon they'll all be dead."

"How many did you catch?" I asked.

"Fourteen. We had to go pretty deep into the woods to find them. But we'll get even. Not one of them comes out of this alive, not one."

 ----quote cited from ups.edu

External conflict. The Columbian rebels and armed military forces in Hernando Tellez' short story, "Just Lather, That's All, are actively engaged in combat with each other. The military force led by Captain Torres has been killing rebel members and mutilating their bodies to discourage the other local citizens from joining the revolution.

 But they would follow until they found me. "Captain Torres' murderer. He slit his throat while he was shaving him a coward." And then on the other side. "The avenger of us all. A name to remember. (And here they would mention my name.) He was the town barber. No one knew he was defending our cause."

And what of all this? Murderer or hero? My destiny depends on the edge of this blade. 

        ----quote cited from ups.edu

Internal conflict. The Barber, who is a barber by profession, is also an undercover spy and rebel sympathizer. He is in internal turmoil after Captain Torres comes to him for a shave. He is torn between two choices:

1. show his loyalty to the rebels by killing Torres who at that moment is quite vulnerable sitting before him or 2. maintain his professionalism and simply cut Torres' beard. 

After weighing the consequences of his actions and considering his lack of safety after killing Torres, he decides against such action and only shaves Torres' beard without killing him.

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One of each internal and external conflict

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