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In Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" a young man, the f*****bidden lover of a princess, is sentenced to a trial by ordeal: in front of thousands of onlookers, he must choose between two doors. Behind one waits a tiger, behind the other w*****its a lovely m*****iden. Only the princess herself possesses the knowledge that will save her ********** life, though in doing so, she will send him in***** ***** arms of an***** wom*****. Stockton leaves whether or not ***** saves her beau to the reader's imagination.

***** movie Gladiator also revolves around public spectacle and matters of justice and in*****. The main character, Maximus, a respected general and loyal subject of ***** Roman Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, the Emperor. Sold into slavery, his family murdered, ***** longs for revenge. He is ********** to become a gladiator ***** use his strength to kill for ***** amusement of the mobs. At first, he resists this role, but his master, a former *****, reminds him that if he can get the people on his side, he will be invincible. Maximus takes the advice to heart and works to make the people his ally. When he is taken to fight at t***** Coliseum in Rome, he comes face *****o ***** with his old enemy Commodus. Commodus l*****gs to have him *****ed, but Maximus is too popular for Commodus to r*****k it. Eventually, Maximus is able to avenge himself, though ***** does so at the cost of ***** own l*****e.

***** short story, "The Lady or ***** Tiger?" and the movie, Gladiator, have many similarities. Both utilize public ***** as a way to control and *****othe the citizens of a country; both address betrayal or ***** possibility ***** betrayal; and both *****volve a tyr*****nt who arbitrarily wields the power of life and death over his citizens. However by no means are the two pieces completely alike. Whereas the princess's hapless lover in "The ***** or the Tiger?" faces a harsh but fair *****, *****'s challenges offer only the appearance of fairness. In truth, every competition is heavily stacked against Maximus. A*****ther difference lies in the character's relationships with o*****rs. All of the characters in "***** Lady or the Tiger?" ***** primarily concerned with themselves; the protagonists in Gladiator are often more concerned with ***** well-be*****g of others or with the greater good of the country. Finally, "The Lady or the *****?" is deliberately ambiguous throughout; Gladiat***** is not.

***** the short story and the ***** ***** spectacle to entertain ***** appease the masses. Stockton's father was a strict, conserv*****tive Method*****t minister ***** disapproved of all forms of light entertainment. Although Stockton ***** became a popular writer, it appears that some of his father's inherent suspicion ***** games and *****s has crept into his wo***** (Golemba 18).

***** explains the perfection of the king's method of justice in "The Lady or the Tiger?" as follows: "Thus ***** ***** were enterta*****ed and ple*****ed, and the thinking part of the community could bring no

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