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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 maiden. Only the princess herself possesses ***** knowledge that will save her *****'s life, though in doing so, she will send him into the arms of another woman. Stockton leaves whether or not she *****s her beau to the reader's imagination.

The 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, his family murdered, ***** longs for revenge. He is ********** to become a gladiator ***** use his strength to kill for the amusement of the mobs. At first, he resists this role, but his master, a former gl*****diator, reminds him that if he can get the people on ***** side, he will be invincible. Maximus takes ***** 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 l*****gs to have ***** *****ed, but Maximus is *****o popular for Commodus to r*****k it. Eventu*****, Maximus is able to avenge himself, though ***** does so at ***** cost ***** his own l*****e.

***** short s*****ry, "The Lady or the *****?" and ***** *****, Gladiator, have many similarities. Both utilize public ***** as a w*****y to control and soothe the citizens of a country; both address betrayal or the possibility of betrayal; ***** both involve a tyrant who arbitrarily wields the power of life and death over his citizens. However ***** no means are the two pieces completely alike. Whereas the princess's hapless lover in "The ***** ***** the Tiger?" faces a harsh ***** fair trial, 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?" ***** primarily concerned with themselves; the protagonists in Gladia*****r are often more concerned with ***** well-be*****g of others or with the greater good of the country. Finally, "The Lady or the Tiger?" is deliberately ambiguous throughout; Gladiat***** is *****t.

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

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


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