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Just Lather, That's All

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Emily Ki

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of Just Lather, That's All

Just Lather, That's All SARA M-D
Shannon Smith
BY: SARA M-D Internal and External Conflicts, Literary Devices, and Genre
By: Emily Ki Internal And External Conflict Literary Devices Genre characters : the captain Historical and Socio-economic background characters Intro:
•A hot day
•A barber in his shop, sharpening his razor.
•A man named Torres walks in
•Hung his bullet studded belt with his gun holster and his military cap
•Torres asks for a shave Trigger moment:
•Torres walks into the barber shop and asks for a shave.

Rising action:
•Barber shaving the man’s beard
•Hands start to shake
•Torres asks him to come to the school at 6pm
•The barber is horrified Conclusion:
•Set him free
•Let him get away peacefully and shaved

•Torres knew the barber would kill him
•Came to find out -Both characters were shocked by the other ones action and behaviour.
- the captain was fully aware by the fact that the barber was a rebel and still entered the shop.
The protagonist was a barber whose name was not mentioned throughout the story however his feeling toward the situation and his thoughts were very clear. The characters were historical fiction characters that did in fact exist at that time with another name and identity. The Barber v.s. Himself: [internal]
- He struggles to decide whether to kill or not to kill the captain Torres.
- He realizes that killing Torres will not bring the peace; therefore he decides to remain rather than being a murderer. Foreshadowing:
- Foreshadows what would be the barber's struggle.
- The barber is anxious to meet the captain Torres,
Simile & Metaphor:
- The use of simile and metaphor enrich the sense
- For readers to feel and understand liveliness and the conflict of the story.
Situational Irony:
The story has the ironic ending, when the captain Torres reveals the fact that he knew the barber would kill him. The genre of the story is HISTORICAL FICTION because...

- The story has the historical background of Colombian civil war.
- The story examines the conflict between the rebel (revolutionaries) v.s. the executioner (Colombian government) By: Hernando Téllez barber's razor PLOT STRUCTURE
MOOD Climax:
•The barber was horrified
•Torres was his enemy
•He could have killed Torres

Falling action:
•Did not inform any one
•Did not kill him
•Set him free Tone:
•Matter-of-fact manner
•Belies the seriousness of the situation
•Indecisive Setting,Theme,Archetype (plot) and symbols Theme Setting Babar shop around 2:20pm in the afternoon Archetypes ( plot)/Symbol The razor was a symbol because it showed that the captain had no power in the situation it was all up to the barber to kill him or not.
*symbolized the thin line between hero and murderer
Hero Journey- faces the challenge to kill the captain or not -The barber is not just a barber but in fact a member of the Revolutionaries who are currently being chased and executed by captain Torres and his men’s. -Many believe that the barber was in fact considered “weak” and incapable. However, is it weakness that yields to temptation? William Butler Yeats has said that “Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before”. -the barber has an argument with himself and it is only when he is near finished shaving that the barber understands the consequences that his actions could have and realizes the thin line between a murderer and a hero.
-he could have easily killed the enemy but he chose not to. -the barber was a capable and an intelligent man. Ones considered weak when they are incapable of making decisions and lack of independence while being controlled by either emotions or people, and if he was controlled by his emotions the captain would have been dead without any doubt. While on the other hand there is a controversy that he wasn’t courageous enough to stand up for what he believed and that he was “afraid” to kill. There is a famous saying that “courage is not the absence of fear but rather the knowledge and understanding that sometimes something’s have a higher priority that the fear itself.” it wasn't the at of killing that scared him but the consequences. He feared about something greater, he feared about who he would become by committing a murder. No one has the right to kill. If he kills he indeed will become a murderer himself so how would he differ from executor? There is a very thin line between taking away another individuals life and being considered a hero and taking away a life and becoming a villain. -He becomes the hero by making the right choice. One does not have to kill or change a society to become a hero; one can simply become a hero by making the right choice. He goes through a dynamic change from having this perspective and revenge in his mind to a character who realizes that by becoming a murderer not only you gain nothing but becomes an excuse for another person to kill. The Barber v.s. Captain Torres: [external]
- The captain Torres is the one who killed the rebels who were friends of the barber.
- Also, the barber is one of the rebel that goes against the government, the Torres and the barber are enemy each other.
- Later on, Torres tells the barber that he actually were aware that the barber would kill him, but he was surprised that the barber actually did not. -The captain was the antagonist he was a military captain whose job was to punish and execute the rebels. He not only killed them but got creative with the bodies by deciding to hang their bodies and used them as targets. -He is surely viewed as the “villain” of the story for being heartless and showing no mercy even after the rebel’s death. However by the end of the story the readers realize that the character is not as bad as he sounds. -He in fact did have a heart and not even he finds killing easy. “Killing isn't easy. You can take my word for it." This shows that even though the captain was described as an inhuman like person who resembles a devil or a stone than a human is in fact a human being after all. - He is very courageous but decides to use that courage and bravery in a negative way by becoming an executor and murdering people just because of the political party their support. And that is why he is viewed as the villain. - Unfortunately during his lifetime, a civil war took place in Colombia called the “La Violencia”. Which in English would be translated to “The Violence” as well as military dictatorships, and so which the short story was mostly based on. -A civil war is a term used to describe a war between the citizens of the same nation due to different political opinion causing people even family’s to separate and fight for side the believe in. -A civil war in a country not only puts the country itself and its economy in a critical situation however it affects the citizens in both financial and emotional way as well. The civil war surely affected Hernando Téllez as a citizen involved leaving a visible result in his perspective and style of writing in this particular story. -the “La Violencia” took place 65 years ago in Colombia.
65 years ago in a third world country during a civil war execution of individuals based on the political party they support becomes very acceptable due to the lack of the countries government and democratic procedures. This puts all individuals regardless of their age, gender or affluence at danger at all times. this fear was seen though out the character. Most authors who have experienced some type of tragedy such as a war during their life time have their stories influenced regardless of whether it was due to the fear their experienced, things they saw or their perspective and hopes. What would make Hernando Téllez an Exception? -La Violencia lasted ten-year between the years 1948 to 1958. Morality (strong belief about whats wrong or right), should the barber kill the Captain but by doing so will he become 'Captain Torres murderer or will he be the avenger, a name others could remember'.
*When it comes down to it is difficult to act when faced with a decision (to do it or not)
*"They told me that you would kill me. I came to found out. But killing isn't easy you can take my word for it" by captain telling this to the barber it proves that he fells gilt for the men he has killed it's still hard for him as well to kill others.
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