The Lady, or the Tiger?
"The Lady, or the Tiger?" is a much-anthologized short story written by Frank R. Stockton for publication in the magazine The Century in 1882. (From Wikipedia)
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THE LADY, OR THE TIGER?
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This short story contains a lot of tension, which you can learn more about in this video. (This annotation contains a video)
Poetic justice is when virtue is rewarded or vice punished, often by an ironic twist of fate related to a character's conduct.
A gladiator was a swordsman who fought criminals and wild animals in an arena in order to entertain audiences in ancient Rome. (This annotation contains an image)
The king's amphitheater may have looked something like this. (This annotation contains an image)
The king has been described as somewhat contradictory; he is said to have two sides. Which part of the king is illustrated by his imaginative invention of the door with the tiger behind it?
Keep in mind, the king invents this choose-a-door "game" as a punishment for criminals. Why might the second option, marriage to a fair lady, constitute a "retribution" rather than a reward?
In the king's arena, who makes the judgment?
Please answer the highlighted question. ("Did not the accused person have the whole matter in his own hands?")
The word "novel" has two meanings; it is a noun meaning a book of fictional prose, and it is also an adjective meaning new or unusual in an interesting way. Please use this word in a sentence of your own, using the definition exemplified in the highlighted sentence.
This sounds a bit more like karma than justice. To learn about Karma, watch the video below: (This annotation contains a video)
According to the text, why is the princess interested in being present for this event?
Why do you think the author, Frank Stockton, tells the reader that the princess hates the woman standing behind the door? How might this change the events of the story?
What do you think is behind the right door, where the princess gestures, and why? Using evidence from the text, do you think she is pointing him towards the door with the tiger or the door with the girl?
When something is (literally) at "a white heat" it's so hot that it emits white light. In this (figurative) case, white heat describes the state of intense passion the princess is in.
The Lady, or the Tiger? Quiz