The effective use of literary elements are crucial to enhance the understand of readers and provide them with the suspense that the author intends to create by reading the story. Every successful and effective story possess certain qualities, which when put together result in an enticing, suspense filled story. When used skillfully, these literary elements produce some of the world’s most renowned works. “Just Lather, That’s All” is no different. Hernando Tellez effectively uses the literary elements setting, point of view, and symbolism in his work to create suspenseful story.
Firstly, setting is used to heighten suspense by creating a tense atmosphere. The narrative takes place in a South American country immersed in war and violence. A battle has been raging between the revolutionary army, and the Colombian …show more content…
A barbershop is a place where men come to get their facial hair cut by a barber. Torres sits down, without any weapons and exposes his neck to a sharpened shaver. In this situation, the razor is a symbol. The blade could either be used in a professional manner; a tool to “rejuvenate” Torres.It could also be used to inflict pain upon Torres, an opportunity to avenge his fellow rebels, by slitting his throat. To further increase readers’ suspense, he remarks, “ My destiny depends on the edge of this blade. I can turn my hand a bit more, press a bit more and sink it in… A blade like this doesn’t fail”. In these lines, the protagonist remarks that with the given situation and his prowess as a barber, a simple push of the blade could kill Torres. Therefore, the razor is a physical object which represents the opportunity to kill an enemy. This symbol effectively represents the suspense building up, because if the barber chooses to kill Torres, it could be done with a swift slash to his neck and there would have been nothing he could do about
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The Barber’s Brave and Heroic Act In the short story, “Just Lather, That’s All” by Hernando Tellez, the barber makes the right decision by not killing Caption Torres. He makes the right choice because he wants to be known for his job as a barber, he does not want to be a murderer, and because he does not want to deal with the aftermath; if he killed him. To start off, the barber has a passion for his job and enjoys it. He wants to be the best barber in town.
A short stories plot has a major effect on the theme. Themes of the stories affect not only the writer but also the readers in modern day. Within in the short story, “The Things They Carried,” readers can connect to the author by understanding
Authors use many literary elements of tone to demonstrate the overall tone they want to be shown to the reader. The story, “The Contents of a Dead Man’s Pockets”, is filled with these elements. Through the use of this, the author exposes the tone and their other goals in the story. The story uses diction, imagery, and details most frequently and are the key elements to understanding the tone of the story. Diction is an element of tone which describes the author’s words and their feelings towards something.
Throughout the story Jackson uses suspense, symbolism and foreshadowing while having readers discover the main theme of the story. The author creates a suspenseful mood
In paragraph 27 it states ,”there were still old cronies of the dictator around who would love an excuse to go after my family after my father ,after her ,” the cronies were loyal servants to the dictator even when he was dead so alvarez's mother thought they were still in danger of being captured or killed ,because of the cronies the mother would live in fear unlike alvarez who didn't fully believe they would come after them . Alvarez wrote her novels knowing they may wreak havoc on her family members who were still in the dominican republic and maybe her parents and sisters. In paragraph 29 and 30 it talks about the last novel she wrote about the island and how her mother thought about it ,”I don't care what happens to us i'm so proud of you ,” her mother says ,alvarez wrote the novel at the risk of her family but her mother and her new the story had to be told and the things the people had to go through
One representation of an event this is when Soto adds the detail of a newspaper, “ He sat at the table with the newspaper in front of him.” Soto used the symbol of the newspaper two other times though the expert. However, at this moment the newspaper can be a symbol that her family and her dads stories are “old news”, or repulsive and that the fact being discussed has happened, and has been interpreted already. In addition, Soto shows “ but most of the news was about warships in the Persian Gulf and a tornado in Texas,” which only empathizes to the idea that a war, or problems that are going on are a high problem. In a way, the war is like a “war zone” that Maria has put her family in, and is upagaints.
From my point of view, is that Hernando’s culture is what made him commit the crime. In the article on page 25, it stated, “When his sister was raped, the police would not help her; they would not even give her a ride home. Also, when his brother was murdered, no one moved to identify the killer, much less to arrest him.” In other words, the police did not put much attention to the crimes that had happened to his own family. Both situations, the police had the opportunity to be involved and help but instead, they
Character analysis The story, “Just Lather That’s All,” was written by Hernando Téllez and translated by Donald A. Yates. This was a first-person narrative that was told by the barber but the main antagonist of the story was a man named Captain Torres. Torres was a brave, imaginative and violent person. First of all, the story happened in a barbershop in a small Colombian town.
It provides a role in character development shown predominantly in Patrias character. It shows the extent of Trujillo’s actions against the Dominican people by showing Patrias desperateness for her son. These examples depicted in the book show how the theme of religion has an impact on In the Time of the
In Hernando Tellez’s short story, “Lather and Nothing Else”, Tellez successfully creates suspense throughout the story, a story about a barber and his dilemma of whether or not he should kill his enemy, who also happens to be his client. The story is entertaining yet suspenseful from using a variety of strategies to create suspense throughout the story. Tellez uses two main methods throughout the story, first person point of view and the two main conflicts introduced in the story. Since Tellez uses first person point of view it makes the reader feel like they are the main character himself. The reader goes through the main character's thought process, making readers wonder what the main character is planning.
Alvarez tells a story through her parents where they were trapped in the closet. By the end of this story Julia overcomes her fear and writes two books about it. The generational curse was broken. Trujillo was so crooked he made all of the residents hang a picture in their house in his honor.
Secondly, by killing his customer, the barber would ruin his reputation as a good barber. If he were to kill Torres, it is very possible that there would be a witness, since across the street, “the grocery store [had] two or three customers in it” (50). If a passerby witnessed a murder, townspeople would hear about the bloodshed in the barbershop, causing customers to go elsewhere for a shave due to their fear of also being killed in the barber’s chair. This would destroy his business and reputation. Furthermore, the barber says he is “a good barber, the best in the town” (50).
Literary Analysis Suspense. It's what makes us sit on the edge of our seats at movies, or has us biting our nails as we read. It’s the backbone behind any classic horror film where the babysitter keeps getting unknown phone calls about checking the children and she asks the police to trace the call only to get a call back saying it's coming from upstairs.
The novel uses many literary techniques such as foreshadowing and irony to build a strong connection between every scene and builds closer and closer to the development of the murder. There are many foreshadowing events which develop in the story before the death of Santiago. The murder is avoidable, but nobody stops it from happening. The dream, the weather, and nature all foreshadow Santiago 's death. The instance of foreshadowing at the beginning of the story is Santiago’s dream.