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The origins of flower names, flower mythology and even the distinctive characteristics of flower species best describe the extensive symbolism and meaning behind flowers. In the Victorian era, floriography, also known as the language of flowers, came into use for studying flower symbolism or the widely interpreted meanings of flowers. Today, people use the language of flowers to learn the meanings of certain flowers. The meaning of flowers helps broaden the way flowers are used around the world. For example, flower meanings can help gift givers learn what flowers would be appropriate to present loved ones. Flower meanings also help authors, screenwriters and movie directors enhance the story they attempt to tell on the pages of the book or on a movie screen. In most cases, creatives select flowers with use in historical events and mythology to help bring their stories to life.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Disneys Beauty and the Beast

The classic Disney animated film is perhaps the most famous modern use of flowers in a fairy tale. In the film, an enchanted rose is used to symbolize a curse, blooming until the Beast turns 21 years of age. However, if he is able to learn how to love before he dies, the spell placed on him will break. Roses are famously associated with love and passion, and the intensity associated with both emotions.

Alice in Wonderland

As another fairy tale classic, Alice in Wonderland also relies on flower symbolism to convey special messages to the audience. A famous scene in the tale involves roses, depicting card gardeners painting every white rose red after painting the wrong color on accident. It is believed this scene symbolizes going to great lengths to hide one’s true self in order to avoid consequences.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The classic 1939 film features another famous use of flowers on screen. In the well regarded poppy field scene, Dorothy is seen sleeping in a large field of scarlet colored poppies. Throughout history, poppies have been used to symbolize sleep and a peace of mind.

The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, daisies are used to represent the personality of the character, Daisy Buchanan. The daisy flower is famously associated with several traits and characteristics, and these associations are based on the physical traits of the flower itself. The delicate white petals symbolize beauty, innocence and purity. However, the core like inner yellow stamen represents innate corruption.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green’s contemporary classic heavily features tulip flowers throughout the story. The main character, Augustus Water is named after the multicolored Semper Augustus tulip, which was famously expensive during the Dutch Tulip Mania of the 1600s. The vibrant multicolored appearance of this tulip was caused by a rare virus, another intentional case of symbolism in the book, as chronic illness is one of the themes. Heroine Hazel Grace Lancaster also considers tulips to be her favorite flower.

Big Fish

An iconic classic by Tim Burton, the daffodil flower is heavily utilized throughout the film. A famous scene depicts heroine Sandra opening a window to find Edward in a field of daffodils, which were later revealed to be planted for her. In this context, daffodils are said to express love and respect for someone.

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