“ Just Lather, That’s All”  <ul><li>Hernando Tellez (1908-1966) </li></ul><ul><li>Setting: Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Stor...
Points of Discussion <ul><li>Captain Torres:  military leader, brutal </li></ul><ul><li>Barber:  rebel, secret informer </...
Theme <ul><li>Central generalization about life, a view of life </li></ul><ul><li>Usually implied, rather than stated </li...
When Stating Theme… <ul><li>Always put it in a complete sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>State as a generalization. </li></ul><...
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Just Lather, That’s All

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

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