Choosing The Fate Of Another In The Lady Or The Tiger? By Frank Stockton

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Having to choose the fate of another can be difficult. In the short story “The Lady Or The Tiger?” by Frank Stockton there is a lot of evidence supporting that the princess would choose the lady as the fate of her lover over the tiger. The daughter of the barbaric king fell in love with a man of a lower class, when the king finds out he expresses that it is unacceptable. The standard justice system at the time was to have a trial in the arena to decide if the defendant was guilty or innocent. When the defendant enters the arena he is presented with two doors and has to open one of them, if he opens one door he is innocent and as a reward he is married on the spot to a lady who comes out of that door who is the most suitable to his years. On the other hand if he opens the other door he is proven guilty and a tiger will come out of that door…show more content…
The lady is smart and is in the same social class and age. “The most suitable to his years and station” She was also a lovely damsel of the court. “It was one of the fairest and loveliest of the damsels of the court” the princess will choose the lady because of her beauty and same social status. The princess will choose the lady because it will prove his innocents. Along with that fact that the man will still be alive if the princess chooses the lady he will also be proven innocent. “He was immediately married, as a reward of his innocents.” (1) If the lady comes out of the door then it would prove that he was not wrong in loving the princess “Which would determine whether or not the young man had done wrong in allowing himself to love the princess.” (2) Choosing the lady would lead to his innocents. The princess would choose the lady as the fate of her lover because it would spare his life, prove that they trust each other, the lady is a good match by social class and beauty, and choosing the princess would prove his innocents. Having to choose the fate of another can be

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