In Stockton's "The Lady, or the Tiger?" how does the king's arena determine guilt and innocence?

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The semi-barbaric king in Stockton's short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?" has a unique way of administering justice. Accused individuals are brought into a magnificent amphitheater and given the choice to open one of two doors. Behind one of the doors is a ferocious tiger, which will instantly attack and kill the accused individual. Behind the other door is a beautiful lady, who is suitable to the accused person's age and station in life. If the accused person chooses the door with the beautiful lady behind it, they are immediately married and he is rewarded for his innocence. Essentially, the accused person's innocence or guilt is completely determined by fate. The king's unique way of administering justice is extremely popular throughout his kingdom and the majority of his subjects visit the arena to witness the spectacle. It is important to note that the accused subject has no idea what door to pick and cannot hear behind the thick, padded doors to determine which door has the lady or tiger behind it. The person's fate is in their own hands and their reward or punishment completely relies on their destiny.

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In Stockton's "The Lady, or the Tiger?" the semi-barbaric king builds an arena which becomes the only justice system in his kingdom. Rather than hold a serious trial that gathers evidence and hears from witnesses, the king would rather hold an entertaining spectacle where the end result is based on the victim/criminal's decision, not the king's. Criminals are placed in the arena before the public masses and given two doors from which to choose. One door has a beautiful maiden behind it, which the man must marry immediately upon opening this door. Behind the other door is a vicious beast, probably a tiger, that will devour him upon being opened. If the criminal chooses the door behind which stands the young lady, he is considered innocent. On the other hand, if the criminal chooses the door which opens up to a tiger, then the man is considered guilty. According to the king's philosophy, chance determines the criminal's destiny based on which door he opens. Therefore, guilt and innocence are determined in the king's arena by luck, or chance. 

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