Essay on "The Lady or the Tiger"

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Elyse Ferguson
Mrs.Wadman
Academic English 12
Monday, February, 25, 2013

Essay on “The Lady Or The Tiger?”

Frank R. Stockton is an American novelist born in Philadelphia in 1834. Frank lived a mischievous boyhood but once he grow up he began to study engraving on wood well on the side he started writing as it was his true passion. When the story “The Lady Or The Tiger?” was written it had been translated into many different languages through the success Stockton had with it, since he composed such an exquisite piece of literature. Stockton made this so with his ability to engage the readers, his use of language to create suspenseful imagery and the messages within to help you learn something about the world around you. Stockton engages the reader by writing “The Lady Or The Tiger?” in full detail but with the intelligence and control not to sway or hint more to one side over the other as to what could happen. Getting near the end of the story the point of view changes to the princess, where it shows the battle within her head on what to do with her lover after she had accomplished in finding out the secret of what was behind each of the doors, being the first one to ever do so. As she struggles to come to a decision she has thoughts of “how often in her walking hours and in her dreams, had she started in wild horror, and covered her face with her hands as she thought of her lover, opening the door on the other side of which waited the cruel fangs of the tiger” (Stockton, pg.4). From that thought it leads to another that expresses an entirely different emotion as she thinks of “how often 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” (Stockton, pg.5). Those together are no lead to what door may be choosing for her lover as both thoughts oppose each other. If the princess had only proclaimed her thoughts to either her fear of his death, or to end all the...
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