Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Tiger by Josh Giberti
Bloody slaughter, or a happy marriage. In the short story “THE LADY OR THE TIGER” written by Frank Stockton, a princess had a love affair with a man. That man was put up for trial where the accused person chooses a door. If the accused is innocent, a lady comes out of the door that is chosen, and they get married, but if they are guilty then behind the door they choose comes a tiger to kill the accused. The princess tells the man which door to pick but is it the lady or the tiger. The tiger comes out from behind the doors. In the story it said, “There lived a semi-barbaric king.” That may mean that the princess is semi-barbaric so she may not care that much if the man she loves dies. The book quotes, “ Had it not been for the moiety of barbarism in her nature it is probable that lady would not been there.” The story also quotes, “And not only did she know in which room stood the lady ready to emerge, all blushing and radiant, should her door to be opened, but she knew who the lady was. It was one of the fairest and loveliest of the damsels of the court who had been selected as the reward of the accused youth, should he be proved innocent of the crime of aspiring to one so far above him; and the princess hated her.” If the princess hated the girl that he would have to marry, if she told him open the lady door, then why would she tell him to open it? If he opened the tiger door then the princess would not have to see the man she loves marry the woman she hates. The tiger clearly comes out from behind the doors or else the princess would live in hate and jealousy her whole life.