There is a semi-barbaric king. The king got to decide if a person was innocent or guilty using the arena. The accused person picks between two doors. Behind one door is a lady and behind the other door there is a tiger.
The king's daughter falls in love with a commoner. The king finds out about this and instantly does not approve. He decides to puts the youth on trial so he can decide his fate. The king set out to find the most furious beast to place behind the door.
The princess learned which door contained the lady and which door contained the tiger. The princess became jealous and concerned when she found out who the lady was. She could not stand the thought of the lady and her lover together. The youth looked at her and she motioned for him to pick the door on the right.
Central Idea/ Theme
The Lady or the Tiger?
The youth goes to the doors and chooses the one on the right, just like the princess had told him to do.
The author does not tell us what happened to the youth. We do not know if he chose the lady or the tiger, they leave it up to us to decide what happened. You make up your own ending based on what we know from the story.
The main theme in Lady or the Tiger is: choices and consequences. The youth has to pick between two identical doors, one has the tiger and the other has the lady. He gets to pick the door he wants based on how the justice system works for the accused. You get to pick your own fate. Each decision has very different consequences. You either get killed by the tiger or live happily ever after with the lady.