The King Is A Flat Character

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“Among his courtiers was a young man of that fineness of blood and lowness of station common . . . This love affair moved on happily for many months, until one day the king happened to discover its existence. He did not hesitate nor waver in regard to his duty in the premises.” This is a quote about the king from The Lady Or The Tiger by Frank Stockton. It shows how the king is forceful and explains how the his daughter’s lover doesn’t meet the kings standards. He pushes his daughter away because he can’t accept the fact that her daughter isn’t dating a prince. So it shows that the king is the same at the beginning to the end of the story. The king is a flat character showing forcefulness, selfishness, and barbarism. One way that the king shows that he is a flat character is because he is very forceful. He in the beginning of the story is forceful and at the end of the story also. He does things other people don’t agree with. He is cogent and very compelling but people look up to him but simultaneously fear him. “He was greatly given to self-communing, and, when he and himself agreed upon anything, the thing was done.” This quote shows that even if no one else agrees with it the king acts anyways. The king is very commanding.…show more content…
“Its purpose emanated solely from the brain of this man, who, every barleycorn a king, knew no tradition to which he owed more allegiance than pleased his fancy, and who engrafted on every adopted form of human thought and action the rich growth of his barbaric idealism.” This quote is an example of how inhuman it is when he thinks of building the arena. The king shows other traits connected to barbarism such as cruelness and brutalness. Although he shows some compassion towards his daughter in the beginning his speculation quickly becomes barbaric when he finds the Princess's

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