What is the tone of "The Lady or the Tiger?"

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The tone of a story is the attitude that comes across from the author about the subject. In Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger?" the sentence structures are highly complex and the vocabulary is elevated. These devices are used to help the author show a dignified and authoritative voice, which appropriately links it to the story of a king and his way of ruling. Also, the details provided about the way the king rules are stated factually and without passion. This attitude of the king (and author) extends to the way the king views the way he rules and how he deals with his daughter's boyfriend. Since the king doesn't show any unnecessary emotion, he simply hands out sentences and allows the arena to take care of the accused. Therefore, the tone for most of the story seems factual and emotionally indifferent. However, as the plot thickens, and the lover is about to discover his fate based on what the princess tells him to choose, the tone seems critical and important which creates a highly intense and suspenseful mood full of intrigue.

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