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In The Lady, or the Tiger?, for what crime was the young man thrown into prison?

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chilangaloca | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 17, 2007 at 10:42 AM via web

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In The Lady, or the Tiger?, for what crime was the young man thrown into prison?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 19, 2007 at 2:12 AM (Answer #2)

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The "semibarbaric" king had an interesting way of deciding the guilt or innocence of people who committed crimes. Essentially the guilty were thrown into an arena and asked to choose between two doors. If a person was innocent then that person's innocence would somehow draw them to choose the door that led to a wife. If a person was guilty then their guilt could not be hidden for when they chose a door it would inevitably be a ferocious tiger that would rip him apart.

The young man in the story did not really commit a crime, but he had fallen in love with the king's beautiful daughter and she in turn was in love with him. He was only a commoner and therefore not worthy of the love of a king's daughter. In an effort to stop his daughter from dipping below her station in life he had the man brought into the arena to choose his fate. The king did not care what the man chose because either choice would ensure that his daughter would be free of the forbidden love affair. The story does not specifically state his crime, only that he was arrested and thrown into prison to be put on trial.

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM (Answer #3)

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The young man, in The Lady, or the Tiger?, was thrown in prison because the King found out about the love affair he had been carrying on, for months, with his daughter.  Also it was not allowed for a commoner to court Royalty, even though he was one of the King's Royal Attendants.  This was not a crime as we know it today, but in this kingdom, where laws are not logical to us, he was considered a criminal.

Reference:  The Language and Literature Book by McDougal Littell

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myriah | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM (Answer #4)

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The young man was being punished for having a secret relationship with the barbaric kings daughter.

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pranks | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 29, 2008 at 1:28 AM (Answer #5)

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Because he loved the kings daughter.................

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desireaaa | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 15, 2008 at 2:07 AM (Answer #7)

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He was in love with the barbaric kings daughter. When the king found out he was very mad so he punishes the young man.

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 18, 2008 at 1:39 AM (Answer #8)

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The young man was being punished for having a secret relationship with the barbaric king daughter.

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nikki210 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 18, 2008 at 1:42 AM (Answer #9)

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The young man was thrown in to prison for being in love with the kings daugther.

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crystal-marie | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 18, 2008 at 3:34 AM (Answer #10)

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The young guy was being punished for having a secret relationship with the barbaric kings daughter for months.In an effort to stop his daughter from going below her part in life he had the man brought into the arena to choose his fate.

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iris09 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:58 AM (Answer #11)

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He wasnt rich and also because he was dating the princess.

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lesli93 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 21, 2008 at 1:41 AM (Answer #12)

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He actually didn't commit a crime. The king just didn't want him dating his daughter.

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cartoon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2009 at 10:03 AM (Answer #13)

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the young prince did not commit a crime ,although he just had fallen love with kin's daughter

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