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.
The princess is self-centered, like her father. They are both very passionate and caring, but tend to put themselves first over everything. When her father found out about her lover and his trial was set, she somehow found a way to know behind which door the princes and the tiger would come out. It was only when she found out that the princess behind one of the doors was one of the most beautiful in the land, that her hatred began to set in.
It is most likely that the Tiger came out of the door because the Princess was too jealous of the Lady that the Criminal/Lover might’ve married. After the princess had bribed the guards who ran the Tiger/Lady arena, she found out what each door had behind it. She didn’t share this information with the Lover, so that she could choose what was best. She wouldn’t want him to live with the lady, as she thought, “Would it not be better for him to die at once, and go to wait for her in the blessed regions of semibarbaric futurity?” (Stockton 36).
The white rose in Carter’s The Tiger’s Bride is a metaphor that represents the female protagonist throughout the story. The story also had some other themes of the superiority of masculinity. The father was heavily addicted to gambling, and continued to bet all his money and possessions away. The daughter had to watch her sick father deal her life anyway for the pleasure of possibly winning big.
In Act 2, Oberon puts a love potion on Titania as a trick to make her fall in love with a beast. “I will place the pollen from the flowers loin Titania's eyelids so that the next thing she sees- be it lion, bear, wolf, or bull- she will fall madly in love with, and I will get that boy. ”(5) Oberon controls Titaina with a love potion to make her fall in love with a hideous beast because he is angry that she won't give him the little boy. In anger he is controlling his wife to get what he wants.
“The message was clear: although Uchitel was the first extramarital affair to be exposed, she was not the only one” (Helling). Tiger’s downfall happened suddenly when his multiple affairs were exposed. However, it did not stop there, as several other women recall stories of having similar relations with Tiger. “When this most private man would see his serial infidelity splashed out tabloid-style. An ugly divorce.
Shakespeare infers that emotional maturity is linked to sexual maturity, and that marriage is a big step that marks a transition into adulthood. Juliet becomes a woman in the eyes of society the night before Act 3 Scene 5, and uses this empowerment in her fight against her mother. Juliet breaks that bond whilst expertly spins double entendres, saying what her mother wants to hear but also saying the exact opposite. She says she will “never be satisfied” until she sees “him - dead - “is (her) poor heart for a kinsman vexed” and this could be taken in two different ways, either she wants to see Romeo dead, or she is sad for Tybalt. Once her father comes in, Juliet attempts to also sever the bond, although he manages to do it all himself, threatening “for my soul, I’ll ne’er acknowledge thee” if she does not end up marrying Paris.
The Princess’s Choice Frank R. Stockton, the author of The Lady or The Tiger, wrote the story and left us questioning who might have been behind the door. The story is puzzling and mysterious all together. The story gives many evidences and hints to the princess’s decision. Some would say that the lady came out from behind the door, but there are several evidence that show that the princess chose the door with the tiger. First of all, if the princess chose the lady, she would be in so much pain to see her lover and the lady together.
This turned out to be a smart plan for Dracula's wives come and attempt to seduce Van Helsing but did not work on him unlike Jonathan Harker. In Jonathan's case the sweet singing which reminded himself of Mina's voice guided him into the ghastly chamber of the three hellish women. To his demise, he falls for their trickery as they slowly feast on his blood. As Jonathan looks upon the three beautiful beasts, he says “I felt in my heart a wicked burning desire that they would kiss me with their red lips” (53). By using the element of seduction, these three women woe Jonathan into a trap of
Instead of accepting her mother’s perspective, Kingston merges reality with fantasy as she explores the possible personalities of her estranged relative. Instead of complying with the cultural belief that one must not bring dishonor to one's family, Kingston explores what would cause someone to “drown herself in the drinking water” (16). This strong language is a metaphor that suggests than women are destroyed by the very same thing that allows them to live. This dichotomy is presented in “White Tigers” as some talk-stories depict “swordswomen jump over houses from a standstill” (19) while others communicate that women must be demure. This inconsistent portrayal of gender roles depicts the narrator's struggle with identity.
he fact that Romeo is in Juliet 's room, his families rival, and he is a wanted fugitive for killing her cousin, also makes this dangerous for him. However, she wants him to stay longer, but Romeo understands the danger, because "more light and light" brings the possibility of capture and death (Act 3, Scene 5). During, Act 3, Scene 5, Romeo seems like he uses rational thought and maturity, by pointing this out to Juliet. Also, in the final scene of Act 3, Juliet forshadows, when she saw Romeo defending her window, by asking Romeo, "Thou art so low," and, "thou looks 't pale," (Act 3, Scene 5).
The princess in “The Lady or the Tiger” struggles when determining the youth’s fate of death or marriage to another beautiful lady and asks herself “Which [door]? [The answer] was as plain to her as if he shouted it from where he stood. There was not an instant to be lost. The question was asked in a flash; it must be answered in another” (302). Up until the last second, the youth that the princess had loved believes that she will spare him; he has a blind faith in the princess and trusts in her choices.
The myth of Pyramus and Thisbe is a great example of the character archetype “The star-crossed lovers” because it describes a love affair that was disapproved of from the start and ended tragically. Pyramus and Thisbe being kept apart snuck away to meet each other at the white mulberry tree. The bloody lion (fate) stepped into the story by scaring away Thisbe leaving nothing by her veil ( representing her presence) now bloody and torn for Pyramus to see. Believing she was murdered, he stabbed himself because he couldn’t bear to live without her. Thisbe not wanting to disappoint her lover came out of hiding only to see his corpse on the ground.
The semi-barbaric king had large, florid, untrammeled ideas. He was self-communing, and when he and him-self both agreed on something, that thing was done. The king also had a daughter who was quite like him. She had a strong, brave, handsome lover. This went on for many months, until one day the king discovered its existence.