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The Lady, or the Tiger?
Transcript of The Lady, or the Tiger?
"...his nature was bland and genial..."
"...How her soul had burned in agony when she had seen him rush to meet the woman..." In ancient times, a barbaric king ruled. He held trials of law by chance in a grand arena. The accused either chose the door with the tiger(guilty), or the door with the maiden(innocent). The king's daughter fell in love with a young man of very low social rankings. The king thought it unacceptable, and arrested him at once. On the day of the trial, the suitor steps into the arena and looks to the princess. She motions to the right, and the young man follows her guidance unhesitantly. There is no falling action. There is no resolution. The author leaves you guessing. I think the author chose this point of view so he could elaborate further on the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of the characters. Conflict Conflicts
Princess vs. herself (Internal)
Young man vs. King (External)
Princess&Young Man vs. the ruling and judgement of the kingdom (External) The setting plays a big part because the story's plot and setting are directly conected. Barbarism was commonplace in ancient civilizations. For example, "...there lived a semibarbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still florid and untrammeled." "...a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own." ~Direct Characterization(Princess) "...he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom;..."
~Direct Characterization(Young Man) Mood The mood is suspenseful and barbaric. "...they never knew whether they were to witness a bloody slaughter..." "...king's semibarbaric method..." "...the tiger cages of the kingdom were searched for the most savage and relentless beasts..." THE END Works Cited https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi (pictures and tracings)
Elements of Literature-Third Course; Beers, Odell, Holt, Rinehart, Winston (story: author of The Lady, or the Tiger? Frank R. Stockton)
http://www.brighthubeducation.com/high-school-english-lessons/68949-the-lady-or-the-tiger-literary-elements/ We are not sure if the princess is a static or dynamic character because we do not know if she chose the tiger or the lady. Figurative Language Round and static character. Flat and static character. "...his nature was bland and genial..." ~Direct Characterization(King) Foreshadowing Foreshadowing was used in the exposition as the author elaborated on all of the kingdoms rules, laws, and consequences; including the King's Arena. Abby Althiser
12 November, 2012 Lauren Stufflebeam
12 November, 2012 Metaphor "silent door"
This example of personication makes it seem as though the door might speak any other time, giving the door a human characteristic.