The Lady or The Tiger

The Lady or the tiger PDF is written by author Frank R. Stockton and it is was originally published in 1882, in high quality and in printable format, you can download the PDF from the direct link

The Lady or The Tiger PDF

PDF NameThe Lady or The Tiger
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Primary RegionUnited States
No. of Pages6
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The Lady or The Tiger in high quality, It is written by author Frank R. Stockton and it is was originally published in 1882. Any subject who commits a crime of sufficient interest is summoned to the royal arena where they choose their fate by picking between two doors. It is a short story without resolution. Set in a kingdom ruled by a semi-barbaric king, the story centers around the king’s approach to justice.

The lady or the tiger is an internal conflicts within the princess as she struggles between watching her lover in the arms of another or watching her lover get devoured by a tiger. In ancient times, a king uses poetic justice to decide if a person on trial is innocent or guilty.

The Lady or The Tiger

Plot summary of The Lady or The Tiger

A king rules a land sometime in the past. Some of the king’s ideas are progressive, but others cause people to suffer. One of the king’s innovations is the use of a public trial by ordeal as “an agent of poetic justice, with guilt or innocence decided by the result of chance. A person accused of a crime is brought into a public arena and must choose one of two doors.

Behind one door is a lady whom the king has deemed an appropriate match for the accused; behind the other is a fierce, hungry tiger. Both doors are heavily soundproofed to prevent the accused from hearing what is behind each one. If he chooses the door with the lady behind it, he is innocent and must immediately marry her, but if he chooses the door with the tiger behind it, he is deemed guilty and is immediately devoured by the animal.

The king learns that his daughter has a lover, a handsome and brave youth who is of lower status than the princess, and has him imprisoned to await trial. By the time that day comes, the princess has used her influence to learn the positions of the lady and the tiger behind the two doors. She has also discovered that the lady is someone whom she hates, thinking her to be a rival for the affections of the accused.

When he looks to the princess for help, she discreetly indicates the door on his right, which he opens. The outcome of this choice is not revealed. Instead, the narrator departs from the story to summarize the princess’s state of mind and her thoughts about directing the accused to one fate or the other, as she will lose him to either death or marriage.

She contemplates the pros and cons of each option, though notably considering the lady more. “And so I leave it with all of you: Which came out of the opened door – the lady, or the tiger.

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