Short Story 'The Lady Or The Tiger'

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In the short story “The Lady or the Tiger” a man has been caught by the king committing the crime of dating his daughter and is sent to trial. The princess is then faced with a troublesome decision at his trial; to either let her lover be eaten by a voracious tiger or to marry another woman. The author then lets the story off with a cliffhanger and does not let you read what the princess chose, so that is up to the reader. I am here to express my opinion on that topic. In my opinion, I am lead to believe the princess chose the tiger for her lover to be brutally eaten by. Why I am to think this is for four reasons, she was barbaric, she loathed the lady behind the door, she did not think about her answer, and at the moment she was faced with …show more content…
She had a decision between seeing her lover die or be married. She must have been troubled for what to tell her lover to choose. I know she was troubled because in the 22nd paragraph of the story it states, “...hot-blooded, semi-barbaric princess, her soul at a white heat beneath the combined fires of desire and jealousy.” This is simply stating that she was under a lot of pressure and did not know if she wanted to be faced with jealousy (if her lover and the woman she hated got married) or despair (if her lover was killed).

In addition to that, she was caught up in the moment. Not only did she not know to choose despair or jealousy she had to make a quick decision. This is told from paragraph 18 when it states, “The question was asked in a flash; it must be answered in another.” This is saying that as fast as the question was asked it was answered fast as well and this indicated that little time was thought to think.

In conclusion, I think the details of the story indicate that the princess chose her lover to be ruthlessly eaten by a hungry tiger. This can be told because she was barbaric, she hated the lady he would have been married to, she was confused what to choose, and she was caught in the moment. Though there are many different opinions of who the princess could have picked, but this is the opinion this is what the story determined to be the

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