“The Lady, or The Tiger” by Mr. Frank R. Stockton has compelled readers for as long as time. This story ends with all wondering, so which is it, the delicate and fair young lady or the savage, fierce, wild-eyed tiger standing behind the door. This makes us ponder whether human heart chooses love or jealously. Within this essay, there will be proof that it is the stunning young woman behind the door. Although there is evidence proving that it is the tiger, in a sense there is more evidence stating that the elegant and barbaric princess allowed her real lover to continue living.
To begin let us start with the small dwindling points that the tiger, lye behind the door. Many realize that the princess, although elegant, is highly barbaric as is her father, The King. So to some, this begins to bring forth that she would have jealously for her lover. She, in fact, hated the young lady that lay behind the one door. A perfect example shows how coarse she really was. This is stated as forth “The semibarbaric king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own” (16).
The King had to hire mourners and place them along the edge of the ring due to the fact that the accused one’s family did not want to claim. Another fact to point towards the tiger is “They never knew whether they were to witness a bloody slaughter or a hilarious wedding” (16). No one except the men who placed them there would know which to expect. So for the princess to possess the knowledge of the door to her right showed that she truly had real jealously in her mind.
As a final note to the tiger waiting behind the door, “And not only did she know in which room stood the lady ready to emerge,…, but she knew who the lady was” (18). The problem of jealously not only lives in us all, no matter how small, it does eventually emerge through. The tiger has had its chance to shine through, yet within all of us stands the power of love and true emotions. Ziehme 2 Love and romance, possessed it’s self within each one of us. We see this with the handsome young man and the barbaric princess.
We must prove this with solid facts and true ideas. To begin, “This royal maiden was well satisfied with her lover, for he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in all this kingdom; and she loved him with and ardor” (16). The princess, although barbaric, wanted to choose her lovers fate. She wanted to know before anyone else what would happen to him. A true love story for some, but she the princess “possessed herself with the secret of the door” (17). Many times in the writing, you hear about their love and how true it was.
True love hides nothing for “He expected her to know it. He understood her nature” (18). He knew that the elegant and barbaric princess, who he had and most likely still had loved, cared enough about him to seal his fate. Though the princess is highly barbaric as her father is, she loved him enough to allow him to live. To make a grand denouement, the princess although barbaric, allowed the young lover to live and prosper with a new wife. Sometimes love takes us down unusual paths but we will always find the right path back home.