The Lady or the Tiger Essay

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Gladys Gonzalez Ms. Matter Language Arts 9(H), Per.4 24 March 2014 The Unanswered Decision “Waiting hurts. Forgetting huts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes can be most painful…” (José N. Harris). In the short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton it is about a man who falls in love with a princess and things go the way they did not expect and the princess has to make a decision on whether her lover dies, or marries another woman. The literary elements that were found throughout the story is ambiguity and character actions. In the story, Stockton uses ambiguity and character action to convey this theme: love forces us to make hard decisions. In the story, the first literary element that was discovered was ambiguity. One piece of evidence that supports the theme is: “The question of her decision is on not to be lightly considered, and it is not for me to presume to set myself up as the one person able to answer it. And so I leave with all of you: Which came out of the opened door - the lady, or the tiger (304). This is an example of ambiguity because the author is making the readers choose a decision, the lady or the tiger? It supports the theme because it shows that love creates hard decisions for us. Furthermore, the author uses the following piece of evidence to support this theme: “Would it not be better for him to die at once, and go to wait for her in the blessed regions of semi-barbaric futurity? And get, that awful tiger, those shrieks, that blood (304). This evidence is an example of ambiguity because it shows that the evidence could be interpreted in a number of different ways. It supports the theme because it shows that our feelings for someone makes us create hard choices. In conclusion, the literary device that was founded was ambiguity. It shows that there was suspense and the examples can be interpreted

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