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January 31, 2011

Tennessee Williams's _The Rose Tattoo_--1951, USA


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"But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.”~Anne Brontë, "The Narrow Way," (1848)

Students, using the direction I provided in some handouts I gave you previously, please type your entry-ticket discussion questions for this reading in the comment box below. These questions will be . . .

. . . fair game for the midterm and final exam. In addition to submitting the question to English-blog.com, the question must also be submitted to Turnitin.com. You should also have it written in your Course Journal (collected at midterm and at the final), and have a typed, printed hardcopy to bring with you to class on the day the work is discussed (see syllabus). I will not accept late submissions so mind the deadlines.

Posted by lhobbs at January 31, 2011 11:58 AM

Readers' Comments:

How would you say the symbol of the rose within the story serves as a representation of both life and death?

Posted by: Amanda Arce at February 2, 2011 12:44 AM

Even with family being so close, why is it that most humans still feel the need to find companionship in a romantic manner?

Posted by: Chad W. at February 5, 2011 07:16 PM

In Tennessee Williams’ play The Rose Tattoo, one may observe the tattoo itself as bearing great physical significance for several of the play’s characters. How does the rose relate to fertility, and, in Rosario’s case, death? How do these two meanings contradict each other?

Posted by: Lindsay Renner at February 6, 2011 12:25 PM

In Act 1 scene 1, Serafina tells Assunta that she knew she was pregnant when she saw her husband’s rose tattoo appear on her breast. What do you think Tennessee Williams is trying to say about love here?

Posted by: William Kopnek at February 6, 2011 07:21 PM

Which of the characters is the best “definition” of a rose in the play? Is it Serafina, as she does comes off a fragile woman throughout the play, afraid to change anything in her life after her husband dies, and she has been shown to go a little overboard when she has some confrontations, such as the gossiping girls who suggest that Seafina’s late husband had an affair before he dies. Or is Rosa more a of a rose, as she is like she is a flower-bud, naïve, but ready to become a woman as she is graduating from High School and is willing to go all the way with Jack Hunter, her boyfriend, but is constantly hindered by her old fashion and worry-wart mother Or is Alvaro, the truck driver, is most like a rose, as he is open with himself and how he feels and tries to have Seafina do the same? School and is willing to go all the way with Jack Hunter, her boyfriend. Or is Alvaro, the truck driver, is most like a rose, as he is open with himself and how he feels and tries to have Seafina do the same?

Posted by: John Walker at February 6, 2011 11:17 PM

Discussion Question:Tennessee Williams “The Rose Tattoo”

Serafina associates a rose as a symbol of innocence. This is why she is unwilling to accept that her husband, who wears the mark of a rose, to have committed adultery. It is also the same reason she refuses to let her daughter, “Rosa” to grow up. She wants to keep her from becoming too corrupted. Do you believe that her interpretation of this symbol caused her judgment to be corrupted? Do you feel that she was able to come to this understanding at the end of the play?

Posted by: Tara McLoughlin at February 7, 2011 01:56 AM

Why does Seraphina Delle Rose idealise her husband to the point where she is blinded by his faults? Is it because she is blinded by her love for him or because she does not want to accept his infidelity?

Posted by: Natasha Witter at February 7, 2011 12:08 PM

What themes in "The Rose Tattoo" does the actual rose tattoo represent?

Posted by: Nicole Natoli at February 7, 2011 12:54 PM

Emmanuel Cruz
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 340
February 07, 2011
Discussion Question
Is Serafina’s obsessive love depicted by the rose tattoo on her husband’s chest? Serafina has a similar mark on her breast after the child was conceived. Does this mark mean the pain she will have to endure after her husband’s fatality?

Posted by: Emmanuel Cruz at February 7, 2011 01:00 PM

In The Rose Tattoo, Serafina asserts that after sleeping with her husband one night, she felt a rose tattoo on her chest, and that was how she knew she was pregnant. The rose she felt on her chest here seems to symbolize fertility, but the tattoo her husband had was symbolic of his service to a local smuggling operation. How does the disparity of the "rose" Serafina felt contrast with the rose tattoo as a symbol of her husband’s illicit activities?

Posted by: Douglas Phillips at February 7, 2011 01:05 PM

Patricia Pothier
ENG 340
Dr. Hobbs
2/6/11
1. Serafina is certain that a tattoo of a rose mystically appears on her chest the same night that she gets pregnant. What is Williams trying to convey about the mysticism of the intensity found in love and in this case, during sex?

Posted by: Patricia Pothier at February 7, 2011 01:33 PM

Why is Serafina so profoundly unable to accept Rosa’s womanhood throughout “The Rose Tattoo?”

Posted by: Meahgan Jameyson at February 7, 2011 01:50 PM

Katie Ganning
Dr. Hobbs
ENG 340
7 February 2011
Discussion 4

In The Rose Tattoo, Serafina has a whole bunch of mannequins in her house. How is Tennessee Williams stressing the importance of community?

Posted by: Katie Ganning at February 7, 2011 01:52 PM

Why is Serafina so insistent on her daughter mourning in the same way she has? How does her erratic behavior and refusal to leave the house cause tension between her and her daughter and contribute to the animosity between the two? Highlight a specific scene as evidence of their strained relationship.

Posted by: Greg Robinson at February 7, 2011 02:03 PM

Amanda Butler
Entry Ticket

The theme of roses is very prominent in this story. What does the rose symbolize and how is it shown?

Posted by: Amanda Butler at February 7, 2011 02:07 PM

Dana Jennings
Dr. Hobbs
ENG-340
2-7-11
Entry Ticket # 3
Does the rose tattoo reflect the pain and suffering that comes with love and relationships, i.e. the thorns on the rose?

Posted by: Dana Jennings at February 7, 2011 02:18 PM

Rosario’s tattoo symbolizes love to Serafina: could her attachment to Rosario mean that the tattoo has been branded onto her life as it has on Rosario’s skin?

Posted by: Jamison Whitney at February 7, 2011 02:23 PM

Patricia Pothier
ENG 340
Dr. Hobbs
2/6/11
1. Serafina is certain that a tattoo of a rose mystically appears on her chest the same night that she gets pregnant. What is Williams trying to convey about the mysticism of the intensity found in love and in this case, during sex?

Posted by: Patricia Pothier at February 8, 2011 07:00 PM

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