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Lather and Nothing Else
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Narrator and Point of View. A narrator is one who tells a story. Point of view is the vantage point from which a story is told. Stories are often written from a first-person point of view, in which the narrator uses words such as I and we. In this selection, the narrator is the town barber, and the story is told from his point of view. As you read, note how the story reveals the private, internal thoughts of the narrator as he struggles with his dual roles of good barber and loyal revolutionary.

Setting and Mood. The setting of a literary work is the time and place in which it occurs, together with all the details used to create a sense of a particular time and place. Mood, or atmosphere, is the emotion created in the reader by part or all of a literary work. As you read, consider how mood is created when Captain Torres walks into the barbershop.

Reader's Resource
An internal monologue presents the private sensations, thoughts, and emotions of a character. The reader is allowed to step inside the character’s mind and overhear what is going on in there. “Lather and Nothing Else” uses an internal monologue to reveal the private thoughts and emotions of the narrator, the barber. The inner thoughts of the barber are interspersed with vivid descriptions of his actions. This combination of private thought and action engages the reader of this suspenseful story.

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Much of the tension in the story stems from the narrator’s internal conflict over whether or not he should kill Captain Torres. Make a pro and con chart like the one below. As you read the story, indicate the reasons the barber considers killing the Captain (the pros) and the drawbacks he visualizes for choosing murder (the cons).

readers journal
If you worked in a service profession, such as a barber, a salesperson, or a waiter or waitress, and discovered you were serving an enemy, how might you behave? What choices would you make?

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