What is a theme statement for "The Lady or the Tiger"?

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literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A theme statement is a topic sentence for a paper (essay). Depending upon what you, as the writer, wish to say about the text you are examining, theme statements will be different from writer to writer (even when writing about the same text).

Therefore, there are many different theme statements one could use when discussing Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger?"

Here are some different examples of theme statements one could use (as a topic sentence of an essay/ paragraph) when examining the text:

1. The main reasoning behind Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger?" is examination of one's choices and recognition of consequences.

2. Frank Stockton, in the short story "The Lady or the Tiger?," examines the circumstances which surround betrayal.

3. The concept of beauty is examined in regards to importance in society in his short story "The Lady or the Tiger?"


rileyb | Student

At the beginning of the story, the author explains how chance decides a person's fate. At the end of the story, he allows the reader to decide the man's fate, the princess's fate, and the reader's own fate.
The reader's sense of justice decides the outcome of this story. But each reader's sense of justice might be different from another's, and might vary from day to day or even moment to moment. The author might be suggesting that justice is not easy to mete out.