Essay - In Frank Stockton's 'The Lady or the Tiger?' A Young...

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

***** movie Gladiator also revolves around public spectacle and matters of justice and in*****. The ma***** character, Maximus, a respected general and loyal subject of the Ro*****n Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, ***** Emperor. Sold into slavery, h***** family murdered, ***** longs for revenge. He is ********** to become a gladiator and use his strength to kill for the amusement of ***** mobs. At first, he resists this role, but his master, a former gladiator, reminds him ***** if he can get the people on ***** 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 l*****gs to have ***** killed, but Maximus is *****o popular for ***** to r*****k it. Eventu*****, Maximus is able to avenge himself, ***** he does so at ***** cost ***** h***** own life.

***** short story, "The Lady or the Tiger?" and the *****, Gladiator, have many similarities. Both utilize public ***** as a w*****y to control and *****othe the citizens of a country; both address betrayal or ***** possibility ***** betrayal; and both *****volve 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 Lady ***** the Tiger?" *****s a h*****rsh but fair *****, Commodus's challenges offer only the appearance of fairness. In truth, every competition is heavily stacked against Maximus. Another difference lies in the character's relationships with others. 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 ***** or ***** the greater good of the country. Finally, "The Lady or the Tiger?" is deliberately ambiguous throughout; Gladiat***** is not.

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

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


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