Miss Dubose's rose garden is symbolic because after Jem destroys all of her flowers with Scouts new baton, his punishment is to read to her until the flowers grow back. Jem has to go to her house every day with Scout and reads to her for a few hours until she passes away in her sleep. The children later discover that Miss Dubose was withdrawing from morphine and that her body was slowly rejecting itself and thats why she died. Scout and Jem have sympathy for her; she was only trying to make her opinion heard in her last days on earth, and the children feel bad for not paying much attention to her. When Atticus gives Jem a present from the late Miss Dubose, one of her flowers, he goes into a rage and throws the flower into the fireplace.