11th A English
American Beauty: The Treatment of the Color Red as a Concept
Red not only a symbol but also used by Ball as concept to convey several themes.
Concept: the life force → which, by nature, tries to defy the suppressiveness of suburban life. That's why, the first time we meet Annette Bening, she's cutting red roses. She's cutting the life force. Shortly thereafter, we see her emotional and spiritual control in action, such as during a painfully stilted family dinner. This already establishes her as the main suppressive force in the family.