[2015] Isaiah Blas: The Lady or the Tiger

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[2015] Isaiah Blas: The Lady or the Tiger

The Lady or the TigerBy: Frank Stockton

The main conflict in the story is that the princess’s relationship with the commoner was discovered by the king. In the story, the narrator says that “This love affair moved on happily for many months, until one day the king happened to discover its existence.” Also, the princess knew what was behind each door and signaled the commoner to what was behind each door. The narrator explains that “She knew in which of the two rooms, that lay behind those doors, stood the cage of the tiger, with its open front, and in which waited the lady.”

The plot of The lady or the Tiger is when someone breaks the law or does something bad, the king punishes them by putting them in an arena and makes choose two doors. In one door, there came out “A hungry tiger, the fiercest, most cruel that could be procured, that immediately sprung on top of the subject.” In the other door,came out “A lady, the most suitable to his years and station, and would marry, as a reward for his innocence.

The point of view in The lady or the tiger is in third person. You can tell it’s in third person because the narrator is describing what is happening and starts the sentences with “They,” or “Them.” Also, in the first paragraph, the narrator starts of the story by saying, “In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king,” which is in third person.

The theme of the story is to have a chance. In the story, the king gives the victims a choice of either “Opening a door with a hungry tiger on the other side, or opening a door with a lady suitable for his years.” Also, it shows jealousy. The princess knew who was behind the door with the lady behind it, and she “Hated the way the lady acted around her lover.”

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The main characters are the king, the princess, and the commoner. The king is “A semi- barbaric ruler” and “Was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal.” Next is the princess. The princess was “As blooming as his most florid fancies.” Last is the commoner, and he was “A young man of that fineness of blood and lowness of station common,” and was “ Handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom.”

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