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In The Lady, or the Tiger?, for what crime was the young man thrown into prison?
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High School Teacher
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.
Posted by clane on September 19, 2007 at 2:12 AM (Answer #2)
Middle School Teacher
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
Posted by mickey2bailey on February 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM (Answer #3)
The young man was being punished for having a secret relationship with the barbaric kings daughter.
Posted by myriah on October 28, 2008 at 10:57 PM (Answer #4)
Because he loved the kings daughter.................
Posted by pranks on October 29, 2008 at 1:28 AM (Answer #5)
He was in love with the barbaric kings daughter. When the king found out he was very mad so he punishes the young man.
Posted by desireaaa on November 15, 2008 at 2:07 AM (Answer #7)
The young man was being punished for having a secret relationship with the barbaric king daughter.
Posted by lacibabyy00 on November 18, 2008 at 1:39 AM (Answer #8)
The young man was thrown in to prison for being in love with the kings daugther.
Posted by nikki210 on November 18, 2008 at 1:42 AM (Answer #9)
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.
Posted by crystal-marie on November 18, 2008 at 3:34 AM (Answer #10)
He wasnt rich and also because he was dating the princess.
Posted by iris09 on November 20, 2008 at 6:58 AM (Answer #11)
He actually didn't commit a crime. The king just didn't want him dating his daughter.
Posted by lesli93 on November 21, 2008 at 1:41 AM (Answer #12)
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