The Lady Or The Tiger, By Frank Stockton

1076 words - 4 pages

Frank Stockton’s story “The Lady or the Tiger” is one that has several contrasting emotions and/or feelings throughout the entirety of the story. The daughter of the king is a young, very beautiful woman who has certain protocols that she has to live by. One of the principles is it would be atrocious see any man behind her fathers back and the outcome of this would most likely be fallacious. She did not consider the consequences of her actions and decided she was going to go against his wishes. The king eventually finds out about this secret affair and forces them to discontinue their relationship. He sends her lover to the arena to surmise his fate. The king’s choice of punishment puts both his daughter and her lover on edge. In “The Lady or the Tiger” the king’s daughter struggles with her judicious attempt at love and happiness.
The king’s daughter finds love, although she knows her father will not approve. The couple has been together for many months and their relationship was thriving wonderfully, until the king discovered their existence. She loved this young man very much and wanted to be with him very much so. The king noticed how much they cared for each other but did not bother to let the man explain himself, when he concluded that he would be sent to the arena. He was so upset and had his mind set on punishing the lover that he didn’t take his own daughters feelings into consideration. The king’s objection towards his daughter and her lover’s relationship results in two different alternatives given to the lover for the consequences of his actions:
If he opened the one there came out of it a hungry tiger the fiercest and most cruel that could be procured, which immediately sprang upon him and tore him to pieces as punishment for his guilt. But, if the accused person opened the other door, there came forth from it a lady the most suitable to his years and station that his majesty could select among his fair subjects and to his lady he was immediately married as a reward of his innocence. (2)
In all reality the king’s daughter is comparable to a double-edged sword. Although, it may seem that the door with the woman would be the better choice for the man, the daughter may have a different opinion about the whole outlook on the situation. Either choice that she generates will hurt somebody in the end. The princess is mostly just concerned about herself and about her own happiness.
The princess is not as blissful as everybody insinuates. Like was stated before, her father is exceedingly powerful and protective. In her attempt to acquire her happiness she encounters this young man and they succumb deeply in love. In defiance of her father’s word, she knows that when he finds out she will be in a massive dilemma. However, her love for the young man was worth all...

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