As Gertrude Stein once said, “A rose, is a rose, is a rose.” But what’s in a rose? From red to yellow, hybrid tea to climbing, this paper will examine, in depth, the psychology behind this feminine flower.
A flower, in scientific terms, is the reproductive system of a flowering, or blossoming, plant. The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. What is seen as so beautiful is actually quite gross and intrusive of a living being, since we do in fact kill them in order to give as a sign of affection or to decorate our home.
Because it is in fact a set of reproductive organs, a flower is known to commonly represent a woman’s vagina, and with this, life and fertility. The size of a blossom can relate to how fertile the flower is. According to Freud, the rose specifically represents the female genitalia. On the other hand, according to C.G. Jung the rose is always a symbol of entirety, or the higher spiritual world order.
Coming from this idea of flowers representing a woman’s vagina, “deflowering” is a word used to describe the action of taking a woman’s virginity. Deflowering also means to destroy the innocence, integrity, perfection, or beauty of.
In addition to facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants, flowers have long been admired and used by people to decorate their environment, as well as objects of romance, ritual, religion, medicine, and as a source of food. Studies have found that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness, help alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety, and increase emotional bonds and connections between couples, friends, and families.
Flowers accompany us in every major event in life--birth, marriage, holidays, graduations, illness, and finally death. The beauty and feminine quality of flowers have inspired the tradition of naming young girls after flower names. Popular girls' names related to flowers include Rose, Daisy, Lily, Holly, Violet, Heather, Fern, Jasmine, Myrtle, and Lavender.
For centuries, roses have been the ultimate symbol of love and romance. As Mae West once said: “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck.”
Red roses are symbolic of love and passion and are given as a romantic gesture as a sign of strong affection, most commonly on Valentine’s Day. Rose petals are sprinkled on beds and on the floor leading up to the church altar by flower girls at weddings. Between the soft-as-silk petals, the sweet floral scent, and the stimulating colors, who could think of a better flower to say, “I love you” with?
Symbolic associations with the rose have existed since the days of the ancient Romans and Greeks. Roses have been identified with love and passion since those back in those days, beginning with their association with the goddesses Aphrodite, Isis and Venus. The Greek goddess of the love, Aphrodite, is said to have been born on Rhodes, the Island of Roses. Because of her, people of...