The Lady Or The Tiger Literary Analysis

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While many people consider love to be the most powerful motivation of all, the condition of the heart is what determines the strength of love. In Stockton’s “The Lady or the Tiger,” a beautiful princess’s love for another is overtaken by her selfish heart. The king discovers the forbidden love affair between his daughter and a courtier, and sentences the young man to choose his own fate. The Accused must decide between two doors, one with a lady whom he will marry. Behind the other door awaits a hungry tiger to execute a gruesome death. However, the princess struggles between which door she should send her lover to open. Alternatively, Stockton describes the princess to be as barbaric and imperious as her father. Her insanely jealous heart cannot tolerate even imagining her lover marrying the other woman. Even though the princess professes to love the accused, her self-centered mentality unable her to consider anyone but herself when making a decision. Thus, the evidence causes the reader to believe that the princess’s lover opens the door to the tiger as a result of her barbaric personality, jealousy, and selfishness. The princess barbaric nature leads her to choose the…show more content…
She does not want her lover to be with anyone other than herself, and she felt jealous even imagining her lover running in to the woman behind another door. “She had lost him, but who should have him” (5)? The princess cannot marry her lover, so she thinks if her lover cannot be hers, then she do not want anyone to have him. “How in her grievous reveries had she gnashed her teeth, and torn her hair, when she saw his start of rapturous delight as he opened the door of the lady” (6)! The princess did not want her lover to open the door of the woman because she felt jealous even when she imagines their wedding. The princess jealous heart would rather see her lover torn to shreds rather than in the arms of
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