Hamlet flower symbolism Flashcard Example #21835

rosemary
remembrance i.e. weddings, funerals (Laertes- sisterly devotion)
*wood used to make lutes; cooking herb
pansies
thoughts (Laertes)
fennel and columbine
flattery, deceit (Claudius- seducer, diplomat, relationship with Queen)
*cooking herb’ ingratitude and forsaken lovers
daisy
infidelity (Gertrude- relationship with Claudius)
*deception
rue
sorrow, regret, repentance (Gertrude- guilt)
*thought to be preventive against plague
violets
faithfulness (Polonius- Hamlet cut off after murdering Ophelia’s dad)
willow tree
Ophelia destroyed by Hamlet’s rejection and death of father by Hamlet’s hands
weeping willow
mourning
creeping willow
love forsaken
water willow
freedom
crow flowers
ingratitude (Hamlet rejected her)
*pink flower, grows in marshy places
flowering nettles
slander, sting (sorrow, rejection)
daisies
farewell (Ophelia’s death)
long purples
sexual love (Ophelia and Hamlet’s relationship)
may of “rose of may”
early blooming bud (youth)
rose of “rose of may”
opening up to love
nettle
*wild plant that has painful stinging hairs on its stem
orchid
*purple flower apparently associated with sex and death

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