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The setting is imaginary in both place and time- a fairly gruesome kingdom. It does bear a resemblance to the Coliseum in Rome, with the numerous tiers of seating and massive arena.
For the accused, the setting is at the heart of the arena mentioned below, facing two doors and a choice that decides the outcome of their life. For the audience, the setting is a seat perched in some row of the arena to watch a man either married or torn apart by a tiger. For the lady and tiger behind the doors, the setting are rooms lined in heavy furs so that no sounds escape, waiting expectantly for the man suited to her to open the door and be married or to open the door and become a feast.
The setting of The Lady, or the Tiger? is a make believe kingdom designed through the imagination of Frank Stockton. Stockton does allude to the kingdom's "distant Latin neighbors" which is a reference to the Roman Empire. Rome began as "a small settlement in Italy in 753 B.C. where it progressed into a powerful Empire that took control of all the lands bordering tne Mediterranean Sea by A.D. 100." Some of the setting also takes place in the arena the king created. This was his center of government and control for his kingdom.
Reference: The Literature and Language Book by McDougal Littell
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