"The Lady, or the Tiger" by Frank Stockton

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Have you ever had to make a hard decision? The princess in "The Lady or The Tiger" has. She has to choose either kill her lover or let him live, but get married to another beautiful woman. In the short story, "The Lady or The Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton, the tiger emerges from the door selected by the young servant. The tiger is selected because of the semi-barbarism the princess possesses, her belief in the after life, and her jealous nature.

The princess's semi-barbarism is what made her choose the tiger. "Had it not been for the moiety of barbarism in her nature it is probable that lady would not have been there, but her intense and fervid soul would not allow her to be absent on an occasion in which she was so terribly interested." Even though a tiger could devour the princess's lover, she could not miss the event.

She will pick the door with the tiger because it is in her nature. The princess rather see her lover die than to marry the woman she hates.

Next, princess is jealous of the woman because of her beauty. "The girl was lovely, but she had dared to raise her eyes to the loved one of the princess, and with all the intensity of the savage blood transmitted to her through long lines of wholly barbaric ancestors, she hated the woman who blushed and trembled behind the silent door." In addition, the woman is the same class as fair lover of the princess. This is why she picks the tiger because she thinks they will be happy together. When the lady looks at the man, he looks back at her. Of course, the princess believes that after you die you go to your afterlife. "Would...