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Just Lather, That’s All

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  • 1. “ Just Lather, That’s All”
    • Hernando Tellez (1908-1966)
    • Setting: Columbia
    • Stories have political comments about the 35-year civil war between military and guerillas for power
    • The civil war was fuelled by cocaine, heroin, and marijuana
  • 2. Points of Discussion
    • Captain Torres: military leader, brutal
    • Barber: rebel, secret informer
    • Symbolism of razor, shaving, lather
    • Act of shaving as a war-like activity
    • Barber’s point of view:
    • - emphasizes the animalism of the captain, juxtaposed with simplicity of the barber’s work.
    • - emphasizes irony at the end
    • Allusion: Pontius Pilate
  • 3. Theme
    • Central generalization about life, a view of life
    • Usually implied, rather than stated
    • Not necessarily a simple moral—much more complex (what does the story reveal?)
    • Value of looking at the world from other points of view than just our own.
  • 4. When Stating Theme…
    • Always put it in a complete sentence.
    • State as a generalization.
    • Don’t generalize beyond what the story justifies.
    • Must be a unifying concept supported by all aspects of the story
    • Avoid reducing theme to a familiar saying we have heard.
    • Theme can be stated in more than one way.