SYMBOLISM AND MOTIF THESAURUS

ALIENATION



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HELPFUL TIP:

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 lone tree separated from its fellows by a fence or path
The runt of the litter
An animal hanging back from the herd
A pile of pulled weeds
A straggling bird trying to keep up with the flock
A sandbar cut off from the mainland by the tide
An orphaned tree in a farmer's field
A dead flower among fresh blooms
A penned animal
An animal abandoned by its pack
A domestic animal gone feral
Chickens pecking at a weak bird

IN SOCIETY:
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