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 m*****iden. Only the princess herself possesses the knowledge that will save her ********** life, though in doing so, she will send him into ***** arms of an***** wom*****. Stockton leaves whether or not she saves 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 ***** Roman Empire, has been betrayed by Commodus, the Emperor. Sold into slavery, h***** family murdered, Maximus longs for revenge. He is forced to become a gladiator ***** use his strength to kill for the am*****ment of the mobs. At first, he resists this role, but his master, a former *****, reminds him th*****t 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 ***** with his old enemy Commodus. Commodus longs to have him *****ed, but Maximus is *****o popular for ***** to r*****k it. Eventu*****, Maximus is able to avenge *****self, ***** ***** does so at ***** cost of his own l*****e.

***** short story, "The Lady or the *****?" and ***** *****, Gladiator, have many similarities. Both utilize public spectacle as a w*****y to control ***** soothe the citizens ***** a country; both address betrayal or the possibility of 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 or the Tiger?" faces a h*****rsh 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 ***** the Tiger?" are primarily concerned with themselves; the protagonists in Gladia*****r are *****ten more concerned with the well-being of others 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 utilize ***** to entertain ***** appease the masses. *****'s father was a strict, conservative Method*****t minister who disapproved of all forms of light entertainment. Although Stockton himself became a ***** writer, it appears that some of his father's inherent suspicion of games and spectacles has crept into his wo***** (Golemba 18).

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


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