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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All night long, she sang with her breast against the thorn, and the cold crystal Moon leaned down and listened. All night long she sang, and the thorn went deeper and deeper into her breast, and her life-blood ebbed away from her.” We see child conception symbolized here, when “her life-blood ebbed away from her” is the moment in which the child is conceived. Next we hear of the Nightingale who “sang first of the birth of love in the heart of a boy and girl.” This love is usually for their mother. When children are born, the first person they love is their mother, being as they were a part of her for nine months. As the Nightingale sings her songs “on the top-most spray of the Rose-tree there blossomed a marvelous rose, petal following petal, as song followed song” This symbolizes the formation of a small, pale fetus in the mother’s womb . “The shadow of a rose” symbolizes the literal connection the fetus has with its mother before it is born, just as a shadow is attached to one’s foot. The mirror is the genes that the mother passes to her child, in order for her child to resemble her. “So the Nightingale pressed closer against the thorn.” The Nightingale pressing closer against the thorn is the mother sacrificing more for her child. Mom and baby begin to have an even stronger connection as the thorn gets closer to the nightingales
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