Just Lather, That's All by Hernando Téllez

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

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One of the themes explored throughout Hernando Téllez's short story "Just Lather, That's All" concerns destiny. As the barber is shaving the captain's beard, he wrestles with the decision to slice his throat or continue shaving. The barber begins to think about his future if he were to kill Captain Torres and contemplates how he would have to flee to somewhere far away. The barber knows that he would be chased and viewed as a coward by his opponents. However, the revolutionaries would view him as a hero and avenger. His fate rests on his decision, and he comments,

"My destiny depends on the edge of this blade" (Téllez 3).

Captain Torres also puts his destiny in the hands of the barber. He risks his life by allowing a revolutionary the opportunity to kill him. However, the barber...

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