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Short Story Analysis Haircut After reading Ring Lardners Haircut the phrase what goes around comes around definitely comes to mind Lardner begins the story by actually placing the reader in the barbers chair Whitey a naive barber begins to tell a series of stories about the people who live in Carterville The author tells the reader about Jim a self-centered prankster who ultimately gets what he deserves Lardner lets the reader know Whitey is nave and somewhat gullible when Whitey describes the time Jim played a cruel joke on him Once Jim impersonated a woman stating her husband had died and she needed someone to come shave him This is not only an example of foreshadowing but is also very ironic This same type of prank ends up getting Jim killed at the end of the story It also makes the reader wonder if Whitey had to give him a shave after he died Throughout the story the reader becomes more and more aware that Whitey thinks too good of Jim He thinks of Jim as a fun comical person who people seemed to like We know this because he says people would give Jim the big chair when he came in on Saturdays He also states that the me in the poolroom was always strong for Jims jokes and when he told them to come with him and see some fun they give up their card games and pool games and followed along 106 Whitey fails to see Jim is in fact a cruel abusive drunk who many people do not like or respect The reader finds out Jim is not only cruel to Whitey but to his wife Paul and Julie as well He is obviously a pathetic husband and father to his children He gets pleasure from his own familys pain Instead of giving his wife money to support the children he gets drunk every night He also gets pleasure by exploiting
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