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Just Lather That's All Theme

The overriding theme of "Just Lather, That's All" is that man is ultimately responsible for his own actions. Although we might often think that we're nothing more than the plaything of irresistible...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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What are three reasons that the barber didn't kill Captain Torres in "Just Lather, That's All?"

In "Just Lather, That's All," there are a number of reasons which contribute to the barber's decision not to kill Captain Torres. Here are three of them: The barber describes himself as being...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 7:24 am UTC

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Just Lather That's All Character Analysis

The barber is portrayed as a very moral man who undergoes a soul-searching experience but retains his standards. He has the opportunity to kill the man who is causing so many deaths of innocent...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 11:57 pm UTC

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From the short story, "'Just Lather, That's All", give three character traits for the Barber with two examples of...

In "Just Lather, That's All," the barber is very skilled at his profession and takes great pride in his work. This is shown by his preparation of the razor and shaving soap at the beginning of the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 8:26 am UTC

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Please identify some literary terms in "Just Lather, That's All."

In "Just Lather, That's All," the author uses a number of literary devices. Firstly, he uses a simile to describe the glide of the razor: The skin would give way like silk, like rubber, like the...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 8:56 am UTC

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What are three ways suspense is created in Lather and Nothing Else by Hernando Tellez? How?

In the short story "Lather and Nothing Else," also known as "Just Lather, That's All," by Hernando Tellez, an official named Captain Torres comes into a barber shop for a shave. The barber, the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 4:00 am UTC

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What's the setting of the story "Just Lather, That's All" by Hernando Tellez?  

The setting in this story is a barbershop located in a small village in Colombia. The name of the town is never mentioned in the story. More broadly, though it is never explicitly stated, the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 9:34 pm UTC

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Just Lather That's All Symbolism

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...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020 12:35 pm UTC

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Why does the barber want to kill Captain Torres in the short story "Just Lather, That's All"?

In this story, the Barber is secretly working as an informant for the rebels. Captain Torres, on the other hand, is tasked with bringing down the rebels and has already killed a great number of...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2018 8:14 am UTC

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What are some of Captain Torres's character qualities in "Just Lather, That's All"?

Captain Torres is rather imperious. He expects for his authority and commands to be obeyed without question. When he enters the barbershop, he issues an imperative, "Give me a shave." No ceremony...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 11:34 pm UTC

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What is the mood of the story "Just Lather, That's All"?

The story is an intense meditation on a moral dilemma: should the barber murder the murderer who has come to his shop for a shave? Told from the point of view of the barber, the tone of the story...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 12:20 pm UTC

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What is the central conflict of "Just Lather, That's All"? Is it external or internal? Is it a dilemma?

The internal struggle of the barber in "Just Lather, That's All" by Téllez is the story's central conflict. The barber narrates his struggle making an important decision: should he kill his present...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018 4:59 pm UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," why does the barber decide not to kill Torres?

The barber eventually comes to the conclusion that he will not kill Torres because he discovers something very central about himself, his identity, and what he can and can't do. This epiphany also...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 6:45 am UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," who is Captain Torres?

Tellez set his compelling story in Latin America during a period of numerous military dictatorships that were opposed by rebel groups. Civil war plagued Latin America at this time, and individuals...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2012 7:32 am UTC

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Explain three ways that this story develops suspense for the reader in "Just Lather,That's All" Thank you very much!

Imagery: Torres is introduced by his gun, his hat, and the way that he makes the barber tremble, well before he is even named. Heat is also used throughout the story both literally and...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2014 9:59 pm UTC

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What is the barber's internal conflict or dilemma in "Just Lather, That's All"?

The barber is faced with both a moral and professional dilemma: He would love nothing better than to cut the throat of Captain Torres, the man who had hunted down and killed and tortured so many of...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012 7:18 pm UTC

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What are the themes of "Just Lather, That's All"?

One theme of this brief story is that just because an action may feel justified does not mean it is easy to complete. The barber admits that when he heard the story of his rebel compatriots killed...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 11:19 pm UTC

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Just Lather That's All Irony

Hernando Tellez’s short story Just Lather, That’s All is supremely ironic in the “situational” sense in which “irony” can be defined. The reader expects the story to follow a certain path based...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2014 1:05 am UTC

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What is the central conflict in "Just Lather, That's All"?

The central conflict in "Just Lather, That's All" is whether or not the barber will slit the throat of the notorious Captain Torres as he sits defenseless getting a shave. Ultimately, the barber...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 11:29 pm UTC

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What are some similarities and differences between Captain Torres and the barber in "Just Lather, That's All"?

This question has been previously asked and answered on eNotes. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/just-lather-thats-all/q-and-a/what-characer-qualities-does-barber-captain-torres-104171

Latest answer posted April 13, 2011 12:22 am UTC

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What is the point of view of the short story "Just Lather, That's All" and how does it affect the story?

The short story "Just Lather, That's All" is mainly an interior monologue, a technique of narration that presents the thoughts that pass through the mind of the protagonist. This interior monologue...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2017 2:50 am UTC

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What is the plot structure in "Just Lather, That's All"?

The actual events in "Just Lather, That's All" could scarcely be more minimal. A man goes into a barber's shop for a shave. The barber shaves him and he leaves. Everything else is in the barber's...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 5:14 am UTC

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What are two of the barber's character traits in "Just Lather, That's All"?

The barber, who is clearly on the opposing side of his client's faction could easily harm this man who plans to kill all the “rebels” with whom the barber sympathizes. The barber looks calm and...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 5:07 am UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," what does Captain Torres want in the barber's shop? 

In the short story, "Just Lather, That's All," Captain Torres goes into the barbershop to see if the barber will attempt to kill him. The barber is a rebel, and the Captain has just returned from...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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How does the last paragraph of "Just Lather, That's All" make the reader reconsider his or her interpretation of the...

The last paragraph is significant because it reveals Captain Torres's true nature. Until this moment, our perspective of the captain has been colored by the barber's inner dialogue. According to...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 2:46 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the title of "Just Lather, That's All?" I need a paragraph answer for the significance...

This story takes place in a barbershop in Columbia, a country that has had many military revolutions. The narrator is the owner, and he is shaving a man well known for his violence and his ability...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 11:01 am UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," how does the author use sensory description to evoke the job of a barber?

Hernando Téllez's "Just Lather, That's All" contains numerous instances of sensory language that evoke the job of a barber. In order to evoke the job of a barber in a reader, a reader must be...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 12:54 am UTC

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What would be a good thesis statement for "Just Lather, That's All" in an introduction of an essay?

One potential thesis statement about "Just Lather, That's All" could be about the main character, the haircutter who narrates the story. The thesis could make a claim about why the narrator chooses...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 1:16 am UTC

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What is one of the ironies in the short story, "Just Lather, That's All"? Explain.

The supreme irony of the Hernando Tellez short story, "Just Lather, That's All," concerns the secret identity of the barber. When Captain Torres enters the barber's shop, he announces that he wants...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2009 12:58 pm UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," identify and explain the protagonist, antagonist, and setting.

The protagonist in the short story is the barber. Despite viewing himself as a rebel, he is unable to kill Captain Torres, his enemy. His reasons for not killing the captain are the result of his...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 9:09 am UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," why would the barber be a coward if he had murdered Captain Torres?

To answer this question, take a look at what the barber says on the subject of killing Captain Torres: I could cut this throat just so, zip! zip! I wouldn't give him time to complain and since he...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2017 6:47 am UTC

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

I would argue that he's neither. He sensibly realizes that, if he should go ahead and slit the Captain's throat, then the consequences for himself and his family are likely to be dire. Besides, the...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 5:45 am UTC

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What is a specific summary of the short story "Just Lather, That's All"?

A man enters a barber shop in a small village in Colombia. The man is Captain Torres, the local military authority who is dirty and tired from hunting revolutionaries for the past few days. After...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012 5:31 pm UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," would the barber have been a hero or a coward had he killed the captain?

When the Captain first approaches, the barber trembles with fear and, while shaving the Captain, most of his meditations are similarly fearful. However, immediately before he decides not to kill...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019 6:50 am UTC

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What makes the story so suspenseful in "Just Lather, That's All"?

The suspense in Hernando Tellez's short story, "Just Lather, That's All," comes from the expectation that the barber may use his razor on the throat of his adversary, Captain Torres. The reader...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2009 6:54 am UTC

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Please answer the following about "Just Lather, That's All." 1. “Lather and Nothing Else” – Find the sentence near...

The title phrase in this story means that lather is all that the barber wants on his hands. He does not want to become a murderer or, really, a rebel. He only wants to be left to pursue his trade...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 2:00 pm UTC

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Should the barber have killed Captain Torres?

Whether the barber should have killed Captain Torres is a question that heavily depends upon one's personal feelings on revenge. Some might argue the barber had a duty to kill the Captain and...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015 2:04 pm UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," describe the barber's reaction to Torres's entrance into the barbershop.

The barber and Torres belong to different warring factions. Torres is Captain of his faction. He has done some totally vicious things to the rebels in the barber’s group. When Torres enters the...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2017 2:48 pm UTC

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Why does Captain Torres tell the barber all about his plans for the rebels even though he suspects that the barber is...

Captain Torres knows that the barber is a member of the rebel group and has been warned that the barber will kill him if he goes in there. Torres seems to even invite the barber to kill him by...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010 7:46 am UTC

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In "Just Lather, That's All," what is the difference between a revolutionary and a murderer?

Colombian author Hernando Tellez’s short story “Just Lather, That’s All” raises an age-old but still debated question regarding justifiable homicide. At sort of a micro level of discussion, this is...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 7:29 pm UTC

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In the short story, "Just Lather, That's All," why did Captain Torres say "They told me that you'd kill me. But...

In the short story "Just Lather, That's All," Captain Torres, the leader of a military unit who is hunting down revolutionaries, comes into a barber shop for a shave. The barber is a member of the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 7:08 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Captain Torres and the barber?

Captain Torres and the barber are both enemies. The barber is a secret rebel, the sort hunted by Captain Torres and his soldiers. The barber initially thinks that his secret has not been discovered...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 7:17 pm UTC

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What mood is created by the dialogue between the two men in the short story "Just Lather, That's All"?  

The conversation between Captain Torres and the barber in Hernando Tellez's short story, "Just Lather, That's All," takes on a matter-of-fact tone on the surface, but the reader is given the added...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2009 7:03 am UTC

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What two roles (or jobs) does the narrator of "Just Lather, That's All" have? How does he feel about both roles?

In "Just Lather, That's All," the narrator's primary role is that of a barber, and it is clear that he really enjoys it. He mentions that he performs his work "honourably," and describes himself as...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 7:49 pm UTC

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Explain the last paragraph of Just lather, That's All.  Consider different interpretations.

The last paragraph of the story is rather short. I believe the most memorable lines in this paragraph are: In the doorway he paused for a moment, and turning to me he said: "They told me that...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 8:17 pm UTC

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What had Torres previously ordered (before coming to the barber's shop)? Why did he want the town people to see this?...

Before coming to the barber shop, Torres had ordered four rebels to be shot. He then ordered the entire town to report to the patio of the school and to file before the bodies of the dead rebels,...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 1:15 am UTC

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In the short story, "Just Lather, That's All" does the barber show courage, or cowardice? Three points with evidence...

I would have to say that the protagonist of the story (the barber) shows a bit of each in this story. But overall, I think it's more of cowardice. You could say that he is showing courage because...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009 12:59 am UTC

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What finally makes the barber decide to let Torres walk away unharmed?

While lathering Torres, examining his beard, and listening to him explain how many rebels he has killed and is planning to kill, the barber has a conversation with himself, taking note of the ease...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 6:19 am UTC

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Explain how the dialogue between the barber and the captain contrasts with the internal monologue in the barber’s head.

Both Captain Torres and the barber speak to each other as if they have no secrets from one another in the Hernando Tellez short story, "Just Lather, That's All." Torres has just returned from...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2009 10:21 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2010 10:56 am UTC

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