The Ending of The Lady or The Tiger

I think the story “The Lady or The Tiger” ended with the prince choosing the door with the tiger behind it. I think this, because although the princess hated the idea of both choices, knowing most girls, jealousy would’ve probably won over her. If she had chosen to direct the prince to the door with the lady behind it, she would have to live with knowing and seeing her prince married happily to the fair, beautiful lady, yet, if she had chosen to direct the prince to the door with the tiger behind it, she would be heart broken, but would at least not have to see her prince prancing around with her worst enemy in the end.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: Questions 1-6


Richard Bach tells us his philosophy of life through the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I think he agrees with Jonathan, because in the story, Bach writes “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.” In the book, Jonathan’s philosophy of life is to do what he wants and loves, which is flying. On a broader perspective, Bach’s philosophy of life that he revealed in the story would be for people to be true to themselves and not change themselves for the satisfaction of others.

To me, I think seagulls symbolize freedom. In the book, Bach had written “he was not bone and feather, but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all.” Also, in real life, if you go to the beaches, you can see seagulls and they all fly around freely without having to follow or stay close to one another.

In my opinion, freedom of the body means that you can go where you want and do what you want, whenever you want. Freedom of the mind means that you can have your own opinions and think whatever you want, while freedom of the spirit means that you can feel whatever you feel freely, without having to be the same as the people around you.

Flying symbolizes freedom in the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. In the book, you could clearly see how flying made Jonathan’s mind “free”. When he was upset in the beginning of the story, he started flying, and that cleared his mind and made him feel joyful and peaceful again.

We can make ourselves truly free by being ourselves. If we listen to ourselves and what we want to do, without worrying about others judging us and about what others think of us, we can be truly tree. I think this because if you just worry about yourself and what makes you happy, you’ll be carefree and peaceful, and won’t have any negative thoughts. It’s okay to just be yourself and be an outcast, because at least then you’ll know that you’re being true to yourself.

My Fiction Unit Projects

Moral Essay:

In the story “The Monkey’s Paw,” the main character, Mr. White, receives a cursed monkey’s paw. With the paw, Mr. White makes foolish wishes and gets horrible outcomes in return. A story with the same moral as this is “The Third Wish.” In “The Third Wish,” a man named Mr. Peters gets 3 leaves (which he uses to make 3 wishes) in reward for helping a swan out of a bush, who was actually The King of The Forest. With one of those wishes, he wished for a wife, only to reverse his wish with his 2nd wish.

The moral in both the stories “The Monkey’s Paw”¨ and “The Third Wish” are that people need to be careful about what they wish for. I agree with this moral because in “The Monkey’s Paw,” Mr. White uses his first wish on 200 pounds, but instead, his son Herbert dies, which led him to his 200 pounds. This just shows that if you wish foolishly, you might not always get what you actually wanted or desired. Also, in “The Third Wish,” Mr. Peters wished for a wife, only to later find out that his life was fine the way it was.

In conclusion, I think that people should be careful about what they wish for, whether they believe in wishes coming true or not.


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