'just Lather, That's All' Essay

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Murder is an inexcusable crime that deserves harsh penalties when committed. In the short story, “Just Lather, That’s All” by Hernando Tellez, murder as a means of revenge is unjustifiable. Murder as a means of revenge is unjustifiable in the short story "Just Lather, That's All" because the barber is too proud to kill, the barber has a risk of being executed, and the barber is not a killer. All in all, murder is an unforgivable crime.
First, murder as a means of revenge is unjustifiable in the short story "Just Lather, That's All" because the barber is too proud to kill. The barber loves his profession and admitted in the short story "I am a good barber, the best in the town, if I may say ...view middle of the document...

Secondly, if the barber decides to kill Captain Torres as revenge, he would have a high risk of being executed, which means, that the barber would have to flee. The barber stated "I would have to flee, leaving all I have behind, and take refuge far away, far, far away. But they would follow until they found me." (pg3), which means that he cannot run forever, the government will catch him. This quote helps prove the thesis because murdering someone as a means of revenge is unreasonable if you have to flee from the town you live in. Therefore, the barber murdering someone as a means of revenge is unreasonable if he runs the risk of being executed.
Thirdly, murder as a means of revenge is unjustifiable in the short story "Just Lather, That's All" because the barber is not a killer. The barber is not a killer because he stated '"I'm a revolutionary and not a murderer"' (pg 3). This quote helps prove the thesis because it shows that the barber engages political revolution and does not want to...

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