Why would the barber be looked at as a murderer within his community if he killed Captian Torres in "Just Later, That's All"?I'm trying to argue that the barber made the appropriate decision, this...

Why would the barber be looked at as a murderer within his community if he killed Captian Torres in "Just Later, That's All"?

I'm trying to argue that the barber made the appropriate decision, this is one of my points.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think this would be the way he would be seen because he would cause the death of many other people.  He wouldn't be seen as a murderer for killing Captain Torres.  He would be seen as a murderer for what would happen next.

If the barber killed Captain Torres, imagine what would happen.  Surely the captain's men would take out their anger on the village and kill lots of people, many of whom would be innocent.  If that happened, then the barber would (you could argue) be guilty of causing the deaths of all those people.

mkcapen1 | Student

There are several rreasons why the barber would be viewed as a murderer in his community if he killed Captain Torres.  For one, even though the barber and the revolutionaries may not agree with Torres, there are still many people in the community who support the old ways and not the revolutionaries.

The second reason is that the execution of the barber would lead to the onslaught of many other people in retaliation for Torres murder.  By law he would be a murderer as well.

I believe that the barber made the apporpriate decision, because he had to make the decision that was true to his own naure.  To some, he may appeared to be a coward but he was actually exactly who he said he was "a barber."

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