The rose has long been an archetype of poets, novelists, and playwrights. Between the dichotomy of having absolute beauty and precarious thorns and its symbol of love and virility, roses have remained amongst the hearts and minds of cultural thinkers for centuries. However, few artistic mediums, if any, have harnessed this archetype as broadly and diverse as the melodrama of American Beauty. The qualities of the American Beauty rose its colour, its prominence and the symbolism of its name weave through the course of the film as its own storyteller, interpretive and reactive for each unique character.
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