Trust in "Gregory" & "Just Lather, That's All" Comparison Essay

Trust in "Gregory" & "Just Lather, That's All"
Examines the delicacy and dangers of trust through two short stories: Panos Ioannides' "Gregory" and Hernando Tellez's 'Just Lather, That's All'.
# 119191 | 1,098 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | CA
Published on Apr 09, 2010 in Ethnic Studies (Conflict) , English (Comparison)

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This paper discusses the opposite ideas of trust and betrayal through two short stories, "Gregory" and "Just Lather, That's All" where the male protagonists battle a tough choice that in the end makes a large difference to their rivals. The author shows how trust and betrayal are closely knit through circumstantial pressures and personality flaws.

From the Paper:

"Trust is a very delicately woven part of our lives, created in strange ways. Gregory, from the story of the same name, shared that "Those who eat from the same mess tins and drink from the same water canteens...remain good friends" (154). The circumstance of Gregory being a prisoner of war, allows the captor to connect in unexpected ways to his captive. The war background of both stories makes for stark realizations about the core of human traits and logic. The narrator, who was holding Gregory, could have let prejudice and the situation of war dictate the terms of their friendship. In time, the narrator manages to look past their captor-captive complex relationship and comes to realize "that they had the same headaches back home as we did" (155). The common threads of love and family dilemmas let the captors see that the only thing preventing their companionship was the circumstance of combat. An intricate relationship unfolded between the storyteller and prisoner, which appeared to need no real verification and no occasion arose for a test, until the conclusion. The finale reveals the fine line between trust and betrayal is thinner than expected.
"Evidence is not necessary to prove how much you are trusted. Unspoken faith in someone is just as powerful. Captain Torres in the story 'Just Lather, that's all' seems confident that the barber will not kill him, though they are enemies. In the final lines of the story, he says, "They told me that you'd kill me. I came to find out" (2). The captain was so sure that his own power would protect him that he could afford to trust pretty much anyone, even putting himself - quite literally - in the hands of an adversary. He put his full faith in power. The expression you must love yourself before you can love others applies greatly to trust. If you do not trust your own judgment, how can you trust those of another? Captain Torres exemplifies this idea by his actions. In the end, both hero and contender of "Just Lather, that's all' seem to come to the conclusion (in Torres' words) "But killing isn't easy. You can take my word for it" (2)."

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