Just Lather Thats All

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Throughout a lifetime we will read enormous number of books and stories and only some will inspire us. But have a reader ever wondered why the stories are so effective and great? After reading the short story, “Just Lather, That’s All”, the opinion of the book was positive and there are three elements that made it strong and great. They are: conflict, point of view, and dialogue. One of the elements that make this story really effective and well presented is the conflict. This story has an internal conflict and person vs. person conflict. The person vs. person conflict happens in some parts of the story. For example, when Torres came into a barber shop, sat on the chair and begun to talk about how cruelly he is going to torture barber’s friends. In addition, Torres have even invited him to come and watch the amusement. So the conflict is Torres is killing barber’s friends and barber wants a revenge. “Torres did not know that I was his enemy. He did not know it, nor did the rest.” (pg 15) “So it was going to be very difficult to explain that I had him right in my hands and let him go peacefully-alive and shaved.” (pg. 15)
Throughout the story the reader will also notice that internal conflict presents. Barber is trying to decide should he press a little harder with his razor and be pleased by a revenge or let Torres go perfectly shaved and alive. “Damn him for coming, because I’m a revolutionary and not a murderer. And how easy it would be to kill him. And he deserves it. Does he? No! What the devil! No one deserves to have someone else make the sacrifice of becoming a murderer. What do you gain by it? Nothing.” (pg. 16) “ And what of all this? Murderer or hero? My destiny depends on the edge of this blade.” (pg. 16)
As it seems the two conflicts, internal and person vs. person, makes the story rich. Any reader will notice that most of the stories are written in first person of view. These kinds of stories are well detailed and makes the reader

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