What are some similarities and differences between Captain Torres and the barber in "Just Lather, That’s All"?

What are some similarities and differences between Captain Torres and the barber in “Just Lather, That’s All”?

What are some similarities and differences between Captain Torres and the barber in “Just Lather, That’s All”?

What are some similarities and differences between Captain Torres and the barber in “Just Lather, That’s All”?
There are definitely more differences than similarities between the two central characters of this excellent short story. Captain Torres is presented as a ruthless individual who is willing to commit any abuse in order to stamp out the rebel resistance, including forcing villagers to watch the execution of captured rebels. He talks about “amusing himself” with the captured rebels and is a character who strikes fear into everyone.The barber, by contrast, is a timid man who takes pride in his work and can’t bear the idea of killing anyone and becoming a murderer. Note what he says after resolving the internal conflict within him:But I don’t want to be a murderer. You came to me for a shave. And I perform my work honourably… I don’t want blood on my hands. Just lather, that’s all.The barber is a man who deliberately eschews violence and murder, recognising that they are not part of his identity.The similarity that unites both of these characters is the way in which they both have a secret. Or think they do. The barber believes that Captain Torres does not know he is a rebel, yet Captain Torres knows this and was testing the barber all along. Likewise, as the barber realises, both have their “own place in the scheme of things,” which both unites and separates them into their different roles in life.