Why are roses stereotyped (is that the right word?) the way that they are? Why is giving someone one red rose a cliche? How do you reciprocate the emotions and feelings that come with giving a red rose?

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Hey Sarah,

I've just changed this post to the Debates, Intellectual Discourse, and Current Events category. Seems more fitting ;)

Good luck,

haha, thanks :) I'm kinda new to this whole thing :)

In Medieval Europe, before the discovery of orchids, roses were the most prized and beautiful flower around. Later, a flower was one of the few prudent ways a gentleman could initiate courtship with a lady. And supposedly, roses used to smell really nice. Today they are bred bigger, prettier, but the smell is weaker, or something like that... It's a trade-off. Personally I don't think they smell anything special at all. I suppose the thorns play a part, as love can just readily hurt you. Red is propably the "color" of love because love is associated with the heart, and blood is red.


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