Setting of The Nighingale and the Rose

The story begins in the Student’s garden in the morning/daylight hours. A garden is a place of growth, life, beauty and color. This is ironic because there are no roses growing and the all (but the one) trees are not growing any flowers. This gives a picture of declining beauty, a place that was once flourishing but is now diminished. It being day time gives it more of a bright, optimistic feeling.

Later on, it is becomes night time in the story while still in the garden. This is not only because it is when the nightingale has to produce the rose, but it is to accompany the violence of the bird’s death and the heavy, solemn feel of the story.

Next, the setting is noon when the Student wakes up and looks outside. And upon finding the rose, he finds himself in the doorway of the Professor’s house, where the girl he is pursuing is. The image of the doorway while he is courting her with the rose is to signify his proposal to be ‘let in’ by her and accepted by her accepting the rose and his request for a dance. This proposal is then denied, and the Student leaves to the final location, where he is back in his room where the story began.

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