The symbol of love in this story is the red rose. A lot of other words are mentioned in this story to represent love such as: lover, heart and passion. This text shows us that love is fickle, because the student quickly changed his mind about it after he realised he could not provide the girl with what she wanted. It becomes insignificant and useless just like the rose that the student threw away. After he got hurt, he states that logic is more important than love: ‘What a silly thing love is… it is not half as useful as logic.’ He switches to one thing to another very quickly.
Death appears when the rose tree tells the nightingale that in order to get a red rose, he needs to sacrifice himself. There are only a few words that describe the lexical field of death. These words are: blood, tomb and dead. Suffering: sorrow, lonely, tears, pain
Wealth: prince, pearls, gold, jewels
The girl was materialistic and her love is measured in terms of wealth: ‘The chamberlain’s nephew has sent me some real jewels, and...