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Study guide for The Lady or the Tiger?

author

Frank Stockton

setting - time

olden times

setting - place

king's public arena

narration

3rd person omniscient

protagonist

princess

antagonist

king's arena

protagonist - round or flat

?

protagonist - dynamic or static

static

antagonist - round or flat

?

antagonist - dynamic or static

static

the princess

like her father, semi-barbaric. beautiful.

the arena

the king uses it to determine whether a person is innocent or guilty through pure chance. he's innocent if he opens the door with the lady and guilty if he opens the door to the tiger.

supporting characters

the king, the courtier, the lady, the tiger

conflict(s)

character vs. society, character vs. self

main conflict

the princess tries to decide to send her lover to the tiger or to the lady

exposition

the background of the king, arena, princess, and supporting characters

conflict (introduced)

the king finds out about the princess' and courtier's affair

rising action

when the reader learns that the princess knows which door has the tiger and the lady, that the princess hates the lady, and that she doesn't know which to send her lover to

climax

when the youth opens the door

falling action

none

denouement

left to the reader

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