The Name of the Rose

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In the title of the novel, The name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco, the ‘rose’ can signify many ideas. By making this the title of the book, Eco has attracted the attention of a reader because it suggests a number of things. A rose can be all of nature, the most beautiful of it, a girl, etc. Just as the title suggests several answers, so can the implications in the novel. The rose can …

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…pieces to understand it. A rose, to understand it’s beauty, cannot be taken apart, but must be seen as a whole. Differentiating the parts, one can understand their function. Moreover, it is the rose itself that is important because as Shakespeare says, ‘that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet’. The name is not what is important; it is what the rose is, plus what it can signify.