The Theme Of Just Lather That's All

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Just Lather, That’s All Just Lather, That’s All is a short story about a barber, a murderer, and a decision. The theme of this short story is decision making under pressure. Some evidence for this is, the narrator spent much of his time in the story deciding whether or not to kill Captain Torres. A second reason is the barber spends a lot of time deciding whether or not Captain Torres deserves to die. Finally, the Captain made the tough decision to walk into the barbershop when he knew he might not walk back out. These are the reasons the theme of the short story is decision making. To begin, the Captain makes the decision to walk into the barber shop knowing he might not walk back out. In the final paragraph of the text, the readers learn that the Captain knew the barber was secretly a rebel the whole time, and he went to the barbershop to find out if he would actually kill him. “They told me that you’d kill me. I came to find out. But killing isn’t easy. You can take my word for it.” The Captain walked into what he knew could be his own murder, and yet he made the decision to go, and to stay and accept his fate if that was what it would come to.…show more content…
The answer is not crystal clear for the narrator, because even though he has done inhumane things, the Captain still has human qualities. We can see in the text how the narrator struggles with the decision, “And how easy it would be to kill him. And he deserves it. Does he? No! What the devil! No one deserves to have someone else make the sacrifice of becoming a murderer.” The barber knows that the man sitting in his chair has done horrible, horrible things, but he does not believe anyone should deserve to die. Even if it means his fellow rebels or even himself would lose their

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