Which comes through the door?
In life, people encounter different situations that present a moral dilemma. Such instances require time to analyze the facts and make logical decisions preferably to choose the lesser evil. The story the lady or the tiger presents a similar context in which the princess is in a moral dilemma to decide the fate of her lover. Would the princess allow the youth to be mulled to death by the fierce beasts or see him marry one of her hated beautiful servants in the kingdom?
From the context of the story, it is more likely that lady comes through the door. The author writes, This royal maiden was well satisfied with her lover, for he was handsome and brave to a degree unsurpassed in this entire kingdom, and she loved him with an ardor that had enough of barbarism in it to make it exceeding warm and strong. This type of love with the ardor of barbarism is an indication that the royal maiden could not stand to see the man killed by the tiger. In the barbaric kingdom, innocence was based on opening the door that had a lady. Thus, it is in a natural sense that the princess would prefer innocence over guilty and have their love recognized as correct. However, this does not imply that the love affair will continue. Also, she would not like to spend the rest of her life with the feeling of having sent the young man to death. Despite the semi-barbarism, the negative image would not be good for a person of princess s stature.
The author also notes that princess did what other individual had not done. She had possessed herself of the secret of the doors. This is an indication that she was concerned about the fate of the man. However, this was also the start of the doubt that increased her moral dilemma. The lady behind the door for innocence was disliked by the royal maiden; she was a beautiful servant in the palace who had been chosen to reward the young man in case he would be proved innocent. The author writes, Often had she seen, or imagined that she had seen, this fair creature throwing glances of admiration upon the person of her lover, and sometimes she thought these glances were perceived, and even returned. The imagination of the youth walking with the lady made her soul burn with agony.
The author uses words to imply happiness that the youth will have with the lady such as rapturous delight and glad shouts . This is sufficient indication of jealous that could make the semi-barbaric princess direct the man to the tiger. Based on the context, it can be argued that the barbaric nature of the princess directed the man to the tiger. However, the context of jealousy is contrasted with the note by the author & as in his soul he knew she would succeed . The young believed that his luck lay in the success of the princess unearthing the mystery behind the doors. The fact that the young man proceeded and opened the door indicated by the princess signifies bonding between the two.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that semi-barbarism afforded the princess time to deliberate about the judgment. The selection of the fierce beast would implicate her as guilt. Thus, it is logical that she would vindicate herself and direct the man to the door where the lady was.
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