In "The Lady or the Tiger?" what is Stockton saying to his readers?

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The moral of the story is the power of choice. In many ancient fables, human beings are presented as being the mere playthings of fate or chance, or in some cases, the gods. Yet in "The Lady or the Tiger?" everyone concerned acts according to a deliberate choice they've made. The king, as the most powerful man in the land, naturally has the most choice. He is a "half-barbaric" king and as such can do pretty much anything he pleases. His daughter, the princess, exercises what little choice she has in helping the courtier to avoid being mauled to death by a tiger. As for the courtier himself, he chooses to seek the princess's hand in marriage, despite knowing of her father's fearsome...

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