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Exposition: This was set in the "very olden time" in the king's "royal arena" (Stockton, par. 2).
Conflict: A man and the king's daughter are in love, but the king forbids their love and separates them. "The youth was immediately cast into prison" (Stockton, par. 7).
I wish I could be with her.
Rising action: The man is then put into the royal arena and must choose between two doors. Behind one door is a tiger, and behind the other is a maiden. "He would be dead or married" (Stockton, par. 8).
Which door should I choose?
Climax: The princess raises her right hand, signaling for her lover to choose the door on the right. "She raised her hand and made a slight, quick movement toward the right" (Stockton, par. 16).
This is the right decision.
Falling action: The man opens the right door to find a tiger. The princess made this decision due to love and jealousy. "How she had gnashed her teeth and torn her hair when she saw his start of delight as he opened the door of the lady" (Stockton, par. 22).
What? This must be a mistake!
Resolution: After much deliberation, the princess decided it would be better for the man to brutally be killed by the tiger. "Her decision had been made after days and nights of anguished deliberation" (Stockton, par. 24).
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