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:
A fallen tree
A dead tree that remains upright
A rotten tree stump
Carrion
Animal bones
A bleached skull
Broken eggshells in the grass
A nest fallen out of a tree
A dead beetle lying on its back
A harsh, barren landscape such as a desert or frozen tundra
A biting, numbing wind
Frostbite
Cracks in lake ice
A swamp
The sickly sweet odor of decay
Crows and ravens
Talons, claws, and sharp teeth or beaks
Vultures circling or roosting
Dead leaves
A silenced animal cry
Darkness falling
Maggots
An apple with a rotten core
Fruit rotting on the ground
Winter
Poisonous red berries
Fish floating in a pond or washed up on a beach
A forest blackened and destroyed by wildfire
A dried-up pond
A dry riverbed
A stagnant pool
Quicksand
A dead plant amidst healthy ones
The Dead Sea
Extinct animals
Barren farmland
A forest cut down by loggers

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