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Lather and Nothing Else

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Lather and Nothing Else By: Izzy, Aise and Colin Captain Torres enters the barber shop and the barber recognizes him. The barber converses with the captain and attempts to be casual, while violent thoughts grow in his head. The barber begins to shave the captain's vulnerable neck and must decide, murderer, hero or barber. The moment passes and the barber has missed his chance. The shave is finished and the lather is gone. As the captain gets up to leave, he says: They told me you would kill me. I came to find out if it was true. But its not easy to kill. I know what I'm talking about.
This ends the story with an omniscient sentiment. Hernando Tellez
Hernando Tellez, born march 22 1908 was raised and educated in Bogota, Colombia. He first entered the world of journalism in magazines and newspapers. His short story collection, Cenzias Al Viento gained him popularity. Most of his work is centered around violence and war; this is easily justified by his life in Colombia which experienced many military involvements. His most well-known piece of literature is the story we read, Lather and nothing else. This story was originally written in Spanish but has been translated into English. He wrote only one other tale, Ashes for the wind, before passing away in 1966. What point of view? is this story's uses of the point of view effective? The perspective of ‘Lather and nothing else’ is in first person. This is very effective to show the in-depth emotions, thoughts and personality of the main character. In the case of this story, the point of view used is perfect because we view all sides of the character and gain sympathy and empathy for him. First person is a very effective choice for this piece. How does the author build suspense through word choice? The author used punctuation, like commas, to create suspense as you read. Also many descriptive words, to create a more vivid image in your head and to create some impatience while reading. Specific, long words are used, when you want to hear the general, quick words that will tell what is going to happened. This builds suspence. How effectively does the author develop both characters? The author thoroughly and effectively develops the barber by showing his thoughts and actions throughout the whole story. Being able to read all his emotions and thoughts is what made him such a round, developed character. the other character, the army leader, is very undeveloped and flat as we don't see much of his personality, although what he reveals to the barber at the end creates a lot more depth to his character that we hadn't seen before. That being said, he is still a very mysterious character and there is a lot we don't learn about him. Find and define new vocabulary. Lathering: To cover face with foam like substance. Ex: The barber was lathering the man.
Conscientious: A choice made because of your conscience. Ex: He was very conscientious before he decided to marry his wife.
Cartridge-studded: Something use to hold thing and has a lot of buttons. Ex: The man had a cartridge-studded belt. How does the author establish a clear voice for each character? The author establishes the voice with punctuation. The punctuation helps the reader figure out in which context to read in, this also helps the reader identify what voice the character is speaking in. The vocabulary will have an impact on the characters voice. The vocabulary indicates the character’s emotions and how the character is affected by his situation. Ex: And it would be easy to kill him. He deserves it. Or does he? No!The punctuation in this sentence helps the reader understand that ‘‘the barber’’ is confused on whether or not he should kill Torres. What are conflicts at the heart of this story? The author reveals the barber’s personality when he finds out his customer is also his enemy. The author reveals his generosity when he chooses not to murder his enemy. The barber was also very thoughtful; he put a lot thought into making the decision not to murder his enemy. What does the author reveal about the barber's personality? How was he revealed? The conflict at the heart of this story can be many things. It could be man vs. environment because his actions could determine his ‘‘fate’’. Or Man vs. Himself because this story has a lot of mental dialogue, and must control his emotion s in order to make the right decision. Also it could be a predicament because the barber’s beliefs and emotions are in paradox with each other, which makes the problem difficult the resolve. How does knowing the elements of a short story help? Knowing the elements of a short story can help you to understand the text in a more in depth fashion, because when you know the elements it is easier to comprehend the text. If you are lost in a story, knowing the elements can be an advantage to you because you will know what part of the story you are on. Ex: Exposition, Rising action etc. Define,explaine possesives in this text. “A little more lathers here under the chin, on the Adam’s apple, right near the great vein.”A possessive it is the form of noun and pronouns which express possession, meaning it belongs to them. Adam’s apple is a possessive because it belongs to him, he has possession over it, and it is his. Would the statement from the last paragraph of the story, "it's not easy to kill", have been a better title for the story? Why or why not? How might it have changed the theme of the story? No, because currently the theme of the story is life changing decisions. If the title were to have been changed to “it’s not easy to kill” the theme would have completely changed over to killing as the theme of the short story. The current title is more of general title, it intrigues you to want to learn more, if the title is too specific it leads to the theme and if people do not like the theme they will be motivated to read the text. How does analyzing the writing of others help you to improve your own writing? What did you learn from this story that you might try in your own story writing? While analyzing other texts , it can help you improve your own writing because when you read the story's you find a various amount of new vocabulary. Also the style of writing. There are tons of different styles of writing and when you see and read it could rub onto you to encourage yourself to write texts in that style. Questions from the book. Critical thinking:Did the barber do the right thing? Why or why not? How did the barber decide what to do? The barber did do the right thing because he didnt kill. No one deserves to be killed and killing someone is a very wrong thing to do. No matter who it is. The barber chose this by simply thinking very hard af knowing deep down he was not a killer. Drawing conclusions:How does the author intend us to feel about Captain Torres? Find evidence in the text to support your answer. I believe we should feel some hatred towards him, but also some admiration at his bravery, knowledge and smootheness that is revealed by the end of this story. "But it's not easy to kill. I know what i'm talking about." After presentation Activity
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