January 15, 2015
"The Lady Or The Tiger?"
"The Lady Or The Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton, has verbal and situational irony. Which makes the reader think, why did that happen? In the story there are two examples situational irony, and one example of verbal iorny. Which creates a dramatic, suspensful ending that leaves you hanging.
An example of siutational irony is when the princess found out what was behind each door. She knew the location of the tiger, when the man she loved was sent out to the arena. Her feelings are so conflicted, either way she loses. The king was supposed to punish the bad people by putting them in the arena, but by having her lover out there was more of a punishment to her.
The kings method of "semi-barbaric justice" is an example of verbal irony.You don't expect a barbaric person to understand the civilized notion of justice. It's ironic because his thought process behind his "punishment" makes logical sense, but the actions performed are barbaric.
The last example of situational irony is that the king built a stadium for his justice, and the person accused of the crime has to choose a door. If they choose the door with the tiger behind it they are found guilty automatically. Regardlesss or not if the are guilty, and they die.
If they choose the other door rather they are really guilty or not, they get to live and are made to marry the person behind the door.There are a few very obvious examples of irony in this story. All three back up the thesis statement. They all three make you second guess the outcome of the story at the end.
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