In the poem Incident in the Rose garden, what are the roses meant to represent and how do they tie into the central motif of Death?
The rose garden represents many things, here is an excerpt from the enotes:
The fact that Death appears in the rose garden underscores the place of...
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Another metaphoric meaning could be like the 3 parts to a rose the petals, the bud, and the thorns.
The rose shows beauty and holds the bud- signifying new life. The thorns show death and destrusction.
I beleive that the Donald Justice is trying to tell us that death is nothing to fear, escpecially because he in the poem he voices through Death "I knew your father, we were friends at the end" He is trying to tell you that death is there to lead you through your demise and also brings forth new light and life.
:) Just thought another opinion could help.