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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 ***** 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 ***** knowledge that will save her *****'s life, though in doing so, she will send him in***** the arms of an***** woman. Stockton leaves whether or not she ********** 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 the Roman Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, the Emperor. Sold into slavery, his family murdered, ***** 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 gladiator, 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 the Coliseum in Rome, he comes face to face with his old enemy Commodus. Commodus longs to have ***** *****ed, but Maximus is *****o popular for ***** to risk it. Eventu*****, Maximus is able to avenge himself, though he does so at ***** cost ***** his own life.

***** short story, "The Lady or the Tiger?" and ***** movie, Gladiator, have many similarities. Both utilize public ***** as a way to control ***** *****othe the citizens of a country; both address betrayal or the possibility ***** betrayal; and both *****volve a tyrant 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 Lady ***** the Tiger?" *****s a h*****rsh ***** fair *****, Commodus'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 others. All of the characters in "***** Lady or the *****?" ***** primarily concerned with themselves; the protagonists in Gladia*****r are *****ten m*****e concerned ***** the well-being of ***** or with the greater good of the country. Finally, "The Lady or the Tiger?" is deliberately ambiguous throughout; Gladiat***** is not.

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

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


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