In The Nightingale and The Rose, the nightingale sacrifices her life for the student that she hears from the window. The student is upset because he wants to ask a girl to a dance and she desires a red rose. However, the student doesn’t have any red roses in his garden, meaning he wouldn’t be able to invite the “love of his life.” The nightingale takes it upon herself to produce a red rose for this student, and sacrifices her own well-being to create this red rose. It is unfortunate this should happen, though, because as soon as the student finds the rose and brings it to his “love,” she rejects him because someone else had brought her some real jewels which “cost far more than flowers.” Because of this materialistic view of the world, the nightingale’s sacrifice could be treated as unnecessary. Even though she made the biggest sacrifice she could (her own life), the outcome is still the same (whether or not the student goes to the dance with the professor’s daughter). The existence of the red rose does not change the course of the student’s life as the nightingale had hoped it would.