Language Arts 5-6 B
22 February 2018
The Fictional History of Choosing
“Your emotions are the slave to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
This quote was said by author Elizabeth Gilbert, in her book called Eat, Pray, Love. It’s not clear
as to why she said it, but regardless of that, this quote is absolutely true. We certainly see this in
the short story called the “Lady or the Tiger?” This narrative by Frank Stockton takes place in a
medieval time in which a barbaric king ruled the land. This ruler made a justice system in which
an accused person was set in front of two doors. The accused person would then pick between
the two. Behind one door stood a beautiful lady, while the other contained a starved tiger. This
system of pure luck chose the accused’s fate. Ultimately, if the charged person opened the door
with the beautiful lady, they were considered innocent, and immediately married to the woman
as a reward. But those who opened the door that held the tiger were considered guilty and paid
for their crimes by enduring through a painful death. In this short story, the daughter of the king
falls in love with a commoner. This person is then subjected to choosing between the two doors.
The princess knows what is behind each door, yet she is torn on what fate to give him. Our
emotions affect us, sometimes in minor ways, but more so in major ways. This story presents the
theme that we act based on our emotions, and that they often lead to consequences.
The princess suspected that that her lover loved the beautiful lady that would be set in
front of one of the doors. This in turn, as one would expect, left the princess a feeling of envy
toward the fine lady. In fact, it says, “...and the princess hated her”(136). The author uses inner
thinking to show the potential...