SYMBOLISM AND MOTIF THESAURUS

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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 and mood. In this way, you’ll be able to do more with less.
IN NATURE:
Black widows
Insects eating their mates
Spider hatchlings consuming their mothers
Scorpions preying on one another
An injured pack mate being left behind
An ill insect being forced from a nest or hive
Usurpers within a pack or herd
A strangler fig choking another tree
Poisonous plants (belladonna, oleander, nightshade)
A rabid animal attacking one of its kind
Cannibalism

IN SOCIETY:
A knife or dagger
Friends turning their backs
Judas Iscariot
Marcus Brutus
Benedict Arnold
Double agents
Poison
Snakes
Thirty pieces of silver
A broken string
A cut cord
The breaking of a meaningful keepsake
An affair
Schoolgirl cliques
Medea
Former friends and lovers
Runaway brides
Homewreckers
Being served divorce papers
A child suing his parents for emancipation
Someone serving as a witness against a loved one
Rumors and lies
A bug or hidden microphone
A police sting operation
Undercover cops
Snitches and rats
A family pet turned vicious
Human sacrifice
Mothers not protecting their children from incest or abuse
Zombies

EXAMPLE(S) FROM LITERATURE:
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller): stockings

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