SYMBOLISM AND MOTIF THESAURUS

A QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE



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Symbolism is something that many readers recognize on either a conscious or subconscious level; including it adds a layer of richness to the story. Think about how you can add specific motifs or symbols to your setting that will reinforce the symbolism you are trying to convey. Additionally, symbols woven into the description of your scene can help reinforce your character's emotions, establish mood, and even generate conflict. In this way, you’ll be able to do more with less.
IN NATURE:
A forest pathway
Sunrises and sunsets
The moon in all of its stages
A starry sky
Constellations
Rivers
A long trek (to a mountain peak, to a desert oasis, etc.)

IN SOCIETY:
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EXAMPLE(S) FROM LITERATURE:
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