The red rose is often seen as a classic, perhaps stereotypical, symbol of love, affection, romance, drama, melodrama, beauty, sexuality, and desire. Its rich red color, desirable scent, and delicate nature make it a good candidate for displays of emotion.
In relationships the rose is offered as initiation of courtship, celebration of romantic milestones, and even like an olive branch to ask forgiveness. On the societal level the red rose can signify congratulations or sometimes condolence for a tragedy.
Roses are generally perceived to have a dramatic character, inspiring high and low drama throughout literature, movies, poetry, and art.