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In Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" a young man, the forbidden 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 ***** other waits a lovely m*****iden. Only the princess herself possesses the knowledge that will save her lover's life, though in doing so, she will send him into ***** arms of another woman. Stockton leaves whether or not she saves her beau to the reader's imagination.

***** movie Gladiator also revolves around public spectacle and matters of justice and injustice. The main character, Maximus, a respected general and loyal subject of ***** Roman Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, the Emperor. Sold ***** slavery, h***** family murdered, Maximus longs for revenge. He is *****ced to become a gladiator ***** use his strength to kill for ***** am*****ment of the mobs. At first, he resists this role, but his master, a former *****, reminds him ***** if he c*****n get the people on ***** side, he will be invincible. ***** takes ***** 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 to ***** with his old enemy Commodus. Commodus longs to have ***** *****ed, but Maximus is *****o popular for ***** to risk it. Eventually, Maximus is able to avenge himself, though ***** does so at the cost of ***** own life.

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

***** the short story and the movie ***** ***** to entertain and appease the masses. *****'s father was a strict, conservative Methodist minister ***** disapproved of all forms of light entertainment. Although Stockton himself became a popular writer, it appears that some ***** his *****'s inherent suspicion of games and spectacles has crept into his work (Golemba 18).

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

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