why do roses have thorns?

India
October 6, 2008 12:14pm CST
yeah, its the most famous questions of all the times, why do roses have thorns? rose is a symbol of love,, then why does it has thorns in it. why did god gave it thorns when he was knowing that it will be a symbol of love on earth? i don't want any biological answers.
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@raenie (707)
• Philippines
6 Oct 08
there is this children's story that I vaguely remember on how the rose got its thorns...let me see if I can recall it correctly--if I remember right it goes something like this-- The story goes that a long time ago, the rose plant was quite a weak plant who inspite of having very beautiful flowers, couldn't get as much sunlight as it wanted since its stems were too frail and couldn't support the whole plant. Also, the other animals such as the goats found its flowers so attractive & delicous that it ate it. So all the other plants grew taller than the rose plant. The rose was very sad indeed, for it could not grow to its full potential. Here comes this very compassionate cat who tried to think of ways to protect this pretty flower. Then he thought of how his claws actually helped him in climbing walls, as well as protecting him when he was threatened. So he approached a witch to cast a spell on him to create more claws, and though it was painful for him to do so, he sacrificed his claws (they could grow back anyway) once he was able to collect enough clawas, he painstakingly attached each & every claw to the stem of the rose plant. The claws were actually magic claws, & grew on the stems as thorns as they were attached by the cat. & after that, all rose plants could grow more beautiful flowers since they had the protection of their thorns. Come to think of it, stare at rose thorns & they do look like cat's claws, don't they? Hehe an interesting story as to the origin of rosethorns isn't it? Hope you liked it! Enjoy your day!
• India
6 Oct 08
This is a good explaination. Thank you too for sharing it.
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@narayan2006 (2955)
• India
6 Oct 08
The real test of true love lies at how much sacrifices you make for your partner,staying unhurt by all obstacles and challenges you face on the way to build a sustained and committed relationship.The path to reach the goal in building a true relation is always thorny;one need to be prepared to cross all hurdles caused by individual ego,mental imbalance and immaturity,clash of opinions,and emotional anxiety.The thorns present in a rose simply conveys the true meaning and spirit of love. Thanks.
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@Sheepie (3121)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Why would it be perfect? It's not right to have unrealistic expectations, anyway. Love isn't perfect. Gosh. Love hurts! I'm sure you've experienced that a few times. Sometimes you have to do something really hard out of love. It's never easy!
@dsharat (456)
• India
6 Oct 08
Hi there,In my opinion roses have thorns,so as to protect them selfs from other living animals.God gave roses those thorns,yeah he knows that roses are going to be symbol of Love.I believe thats because, "Just loving is not enough,you need to protect it and you need to care your love by own", no one is going to help your love and lover.A rose does not ask some other plant to protect it from animals or other birds.Not only love but roses are also a symbol for friendship and affection. Have a nice day..!!Keep loving..