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In Frank Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" a young man, the f*****bidden 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 ***** other waits a lovely maiden. 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 *****s her beau to the reader's imagination.

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 ***** Ro*****n Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, the Emperor. Sold into slavery, his family murdered, Maximus longs for revenge. He is forced to become a gladiator ***** use his strength to kill for ***** amusement of the mobs. At first, he resists this role, but his master, a former *****, 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 t***** Coliseum in Rome, he comes face to ***** with his old enemy Commodus. Commodus longs to have ***** killed, but Maximus is *****o popular for ***** to r*****k it. Eventu*****, Maximus is able to avenge himself, though ***** does so at the cost of his own life.

The short s*****ry, "The Lady or the Tiger?" and ***** movie, 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 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?" 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 "The Lady or the *****?" ***** primarily concerned with themselves; the protagonists in Gladiat***** are *****ten more concerned ***** ***** well-be*****g of others or with the greater good of the country. Finally, "The Lady or the Tiger?" is deliberately ambiguous throughout; Gladiator is not.

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

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

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