Moral Decision Making In 'Just Lather, That's All'

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Life is not easy; people need to make moral decisions in life to discover themselves like Ernest Hemingway stated: “So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after”(Ernest Hemingway). When Captain Torres walked into the revolutionary’s barbershop, the barber had to make a life changing decision about whether or not he should or should not kill Captain Torres, who is his enemy. In the story “ Just Lather, that’s all” one of the main ideas is that moral decisions help define one 's character. This shows that moral decision making reflects one 's destiny, as the barber considers both outcomes; either to kill or not to kill. Firstly, the barber contemplates on killing Captain Torres, the executioner, so he would stop killing the rebels, but does not want to be a murderer. It was a regular day for the barber and suddenly Captain Torres comes in and talks about capturing and killing rebels, to the barber who is a rebel. While Captain Torres was laying on the chair all the barber could think about is that he had the man who directed all the executions, now in his hands. He thinks to himself how easily he could slice Captain Torres’ throat, but also thinks to himself: “I 'm a revolutionary, not a murderer”(Téllez 50). The barber wants to kill Captain Torres because of all the executions, but at the same time he is a cautious barber who is proud of his profession so he continues shaving. Captain
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