Try to analyze the symbolic meanings of roses in American Beauty.
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The dream and fantasy scenes with Lester obsessing about Angela fit in very nicely with the theme of the entire movie. Being very attractive, Angela is a symbol of beauty in general. The deep red roses do a great job of abstractly communicating these scenes. The viewer sees these roses coming from Angela’s body, her mouth, and her bath water. They not only symbolize beauty, but also a social barrier between Lester and Angela. Lester must impress Angela in order to seduce her. I think the roses symbolize a sense of school-girl virginity as well which Lester desires.