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 a trial by ordeal: in front of thousands of onlookers, he must choose between two doors. Behind one waits a tiger, behind ***** other w*****its a lovely maiden. Only the princess herself possesses the knowledge that will save her lover's life, though in doing so, she will send him in***** the arms of an***** wom*****. Stockton leaves whether or not she saves her beau to the reader's imag*****ation.

The 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 Roman Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, ***** Emperor. Sold into slavery, his family murdered, ***** longs for revenge. He is ********** to become a gladiator and 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 ***** 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 to ***** with his old enemy Commodus. Commodus longs to have him *****ed, but Maximus is too popular for Commodus to r*****k it. Eventually, Maximus is able to avenge **********, though he does so at t***** cos***** of ***** own l*****e.

The 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 ***** a country; both address betrayal or ***** possibility of betrayal; ***** both involve 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 ***** ***** the Tiger?" faces a harsh but fair *****, *****'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 *****?" ***** primarily concerned with themselves; the protagonists in Gladiator are often more concerned ***** ***** 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 story and the movie utilize spectacle to entertain and appease the masses. Stockton's father was a strict, conservative Methodist minister ***** disapproved ***** all forms of light **********. Although Stockton himself became a ***** writer, it appears that some ***** his father's inherent suspicion of games and *****s has crept into his work (Golemba 18).

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


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