Analysis of the Nightingale and the Rose Essay

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Appreciation Forgotten

The fairy tale of The Nightingale and the Rose, by Oscar Wilde published in 1990, is a story of the consequences of not appreciating creation. It is also a story of men not appreciating the sacrifices that women make. This passage, from The Nightingale and the Rose, foreshadows the consequences of not a appreciating nature. It then symbolizes pregnancy and childbirth, a sacrifice many women make that men take for granted. The first part of the passage uses dramatic irony to foreshadow the major event of the student being unappreciative if the nightingales sacrifice and throwing the rose away. We know that the nightingale is going to give up her life so the student can find love. Yet the student
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The story continues “and a delicate flush of pink came into the leaves of the rose.” The rose grows as a fetus in the womb and becomes a flush pink, like the color of the skin and lips on the child. “But the thorn had not yet reached her heart.” It is not time for the mother to give birth yet because the child just like the rose has more growing to do. “And the Tree cried to the Nightingale to press closer against the thorn. ‘Press closer, little Nightingale,’ cried the Tree, ‘or the Day will come before the rose is finished.’” Again, we see the mother having to sacrifice more to protect her baby and prevent a premature pregnancy. “So the Nightingale pressed closer against the thorn, and the thorn touched her heart, and a fierce pang of pain shot through her. Bitter, bitter was the pain,” the day that the child is to be born has come. The mother goes into labor and begins to feel the pains of contractions. “…and wilder and wilder grew her song, for she sang of the Love that is perfected by Death, of the Love that does not in the tomb. Death here symbolizes the end of a pregnancy, when a child is born and takes their first breath. This sentence is saying how love is perfected with the birth of a child. “And the marvelous rose became crimson, like the rose of the eastern sky. Crimson was the girdle of petals and crimson as a ruby was the heart.” This symbolizes the fetus who became a beautiful

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