The Lady or the Tiger

The Lady or the Tiger
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Storyboard Description

The Lady or the Tiger Plot Structure (Narrative Arch).

Storyboard Text

  • Exposition
  • Poetic Justice
  • Rising Action/Plot Complication
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  • Climax/Turning Point 
  • In the olden time, there lived king, whose barbaric and progressive ideas created a Poetic Justice arena; in which crime was punished or virtue rewarded by chance.  The accused had to decide between two doors; behind one, a fierce tiger awaited to devour the victim, and behind the other, a beautiful lady to marry.
  • Falling Action
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  • The king had a daughter as blooming as his most florid fancies, and with a soul as fervent and imperious as his own, who felt in love with a commoner.  It was not long after that when the king became aware about the affair and condemned her daughter's lover to the poetic justice arena. 
  • Resolution
  • The appointed day arrived and the princess decided to be present at the arena and sit next to her father.  Thanks to gold and her will, she was able to find out who was hiding behind each door.  Her lover, confident about the princess's influence and smarts, carefully signaled her, in the hopes for a hint on which door to open.
  • My Reading Reflection (not part of the plot)
  • Indeed, ever since she came to know which will be behind each door, the princess has spent hours painfully debating in solitude about her lover's fate.  If she leads him to open the tiger door he would brutally die,  however they may reconnect in another world.  If she leads him to open the lady door, he will survive, but he will marry the most beautiful damsel in the entire kingdom. 
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  • The princess, without anyone noticing, moved her hand to the right.  Who was awaiting behind, is a question that not even the author can reply,  it is one that is left with us all; Which came out of the opened door — the lady, or the tiger? 
  • My answer: No matter which came out of the door, whether the tiger or the lady, forasmuch as the princess will always remain to be the punished one. 
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