Semiotic device-hand gestures
It seems that whenever there is need to signify a death or fainting in disney/fairytale films, there is always just a close-up image of a hand, palm up, fingers slightly outstretched on the floor. I guess this is a more PG way of signifying to the children that a loved character has died; the actual image of them collapsing could be too much for children to watch.
I first noticed it when I watched Snow White a couple of weeks ago for essay research, once snow White took a bite out of the poisoned apple she drops to the floor. The second image is from Hotel Transylvania, an animated film released in 2012.
When Dracula’s wife is murdered, all you have to understand that it has happened is her scream, the shot of her hand on the ground and Dracula weeping. According to Charles Peirce, these are all INDEXs-indicators of of her death without physically representing it. According to Ferdinand Saussure, these symbols would be considered as signifiers of the signified event of her death.
To represent the event of Briar-Rose becoming consumed by the flowers, I am going to draw her hand in this manner. My overall product is to have no images of distressing nature, so this will work well.