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datachi | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2008 at 11:27 AM via web

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What is an example of foreshadowing, dramatic irony and verbal irony in "The Lady or the Tiger"?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 18, 2008 at 1:54 PM (Answer #1)

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The title The Lady or the Tiger is a foreshadowing of the events that take place in the story.  We as the reader can guess that at some point in the story someone will have to choose between a lady or a tiger.There are many occasions of irony in this story.  The narrator says that “the minds of the king’s subjects are refined* and cultured*” by witnessing the events in the arena. This statement is ironic because a person being slaughtered is neither refining nor cultural.  We are also told that the princess finds out that the lady chosen to be behind the door just happens to be a woman the princess was already jealous of.  She has to choose whether or not to give her lover to a woman she hates, or to a tiger who will kill him.The concept of justice is dramatic irony in this story because the idea that leaving the judgment of innocence or guilt up to chance is very ironic.

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