Why is the king's system of justice unfair both to those who live and to those who die in "The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank Stockton?

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In Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or the Tiger," the king thinks he has come up with a perfect system of justice. However, his system is unfair to everyone for a couple of reasons. First of all, whether the accused chooses the correct door or not is nothing more than luck. The person accused of a crime has no idea which door is which. Furthermore, in "The Lady or the Tiger," it didn't matter if the accused was already married or not. If he chose the lady, a wedding ceremony took place right then and there, possibly right in front of his wife. Whether the accused was guilty or innocent, if he chose the lady, he had to marry her--someone he might not love. For some people, death would be a better option. 

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