Give at least three reasons why the princess might have chosen the tiger in "The Lady or the Tiger?"

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  • The princess may not want to antagonize her father. He is, after all, a ruthless tyrant and someone used to getting his own way. The princess, as the daughter of a king, is expected to be subservient and obedient.
  • We know that the princess is somewhat insecure. She's insanely jealous of the pretty young lady at court who has been making eyes at her lover. Perhaps she suspects that they are already carrying on an affair? If that's the case, then choosing the door with the tiger behind it would be her way to gain revenge.
  • The princess is as much of a "hot-blooded barbarian" as her father, and this could lead her to choose the tiger. This third possible reason is a synthesis of the...

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