Written by: Danae Edwards
When you think of Beauty and the Beast, what is the first thing you think of? What is something that you see on the poster, or on the movie cover that catches your eye? Maybe it’s the classic yellow dress, the servants of the castle, or Beast’s blue and yellow suit. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the red rose in the case. Depending on the cover/poster that you happen to be looking at, the one item that you’re most likely going to see every single time is the red rose. In fact, it’s even on our poster!
Why is a simple rose so vital to the story? Does it symbolize anything besides the Beast’s curse, or is it just a flower that moves the plot along? If it does symbolize something, what is it?
Let’s go back to the beginning. Let’s go back to the first version of Beauty and the Beast, and see what we can find. In the original story, before audience members fell in love with the sweet, kind-hearted girl on screen, Belle was a girl from one of our earlier blog posts. The rose was actually something that Belle had asked her father to bring to her on one of his business trips. After he indulges in the hospitality that’s presented before him when he stumbles across the castle, he finds the rose in the Beast’s garden as he’s leaving. He picks the rose up to take to his daughter and then finds himself a prisoner of the Beast, who only agrees to release him if Belle’s father gives him one of his six daughters in return for his life. Belle, filled with guilt for asking for the rose, takes her father’s place.
The wilting rose symbolizes quite a few topics. Obviously, the red rose symbolizes love and romance. It also symbolizes the Beast’s dying hope for love; if it dies before he finds his one true love, then he’ll stay the Beast forever. It symbolizes the Beast’s need to reform from his past life of excess and vanity, as well as be gentler towards others. The rose is not only a vital part of the story but a vital part of the Beast. This is his last chance to change who he is for the better, or he will remain the terrifying creature he holds inside.
Who would’ve thought that a rose could mean so much?
Want a chance to have your own beautiful rose? During our showings of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Mandarin Orchid, a local Kingman flower shop owned by Patti Branco, will set up right outside the show! This would make a special gift for a date, a little princess of your own, or your favorite performer! Leave a note, and we can even send it backstage for you. We are excited to for you to be our guest!
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