Do you think most people, faced with the princess's hard choices, would save their loved one or send him or her to death? In other words, are people motivated mostly by their own desires or by concerns of others? Write on or two persuasive paragraphs in which you defend your point of view?

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In Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger" the king is described as "semi-barbaric" and his system of justice is based on luck and fate. It is, in many ways, quite brutal. His daughter is described as being similar in nature:

This semi-barbaric king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own. As is usual in such cases, she was the apple of his eye, and was loved by him above all humanity.

Because she is semi-barbaric she probably sent her lover to his death. She could not abide her lover being married to a woman she loathed: 

The girl was lovely, but she had dared to raise her...

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