Why is the arena an important symbol in "The Lady or the Tiger"? 

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The arena represents life and the choices we must make during that life.The question the author raises is who will make our choices? The young lover could have made his choice freely, but instead looks to the princess to make his decision for him. Of course, he expects to be lead in the right direction but, ironically, we know the princess may deceive him. By allowing the princess to control his decision, he gives up any free will in the matter and leaves his fate to another person. Most people would prefer to choose their own fate, but then again, we do not know whether the princess was willing to sacrifice her love in order to save her lover's life, or whether she decides she cannot live without him and tells him to choose the tiger.

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