In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished & sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still large, florid, and untrammeled,as became the half of him which was barbaric. He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal, of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
The arena of the king was built, not to give the people an opportunity of hearing the rhapsodies of dying gladiators, nor to enable them to view the inevitable conclusion of a conflict between religious opinions and hungry jaws, but for purposes far better adapted to widen and develop the mental energies of the people. This vast amphitheater, with its encircling galleries, its mysterious vaults, and its unseen passages, was an agent of poetic justice, in which crime was punished, or virtue rewarded, by the decrees of an impartial and incorruptible chance
The King's daughter falls in love with a prince but her father doesn't accept their relationship. He later puts the boy in the arena to get aten, but the Princess shoes him what do't to go to so that he doesn't get tortured.
Central Idea / Theme
The door is opened having everyone question weather it's the lady or the tiger.
Listening to the comments of the crowd she didn't know weather she should let him die instead, but she left it up to others to make the decision for her
Follow your heart towards what you believe, not based on others experiences.