SYMBOLISM AND MOTIF THESAURUS

DECEPTION



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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 and mood. In this way, you’ll be able to do more with less.
IN NATURE:
Mirages
Heat waves
Snakes
Foxes
Possums
Colorful yet poisonous berries
Carnivorous plants
Darkness
Fog amd mist
The Montana vortex
The Bermuda Triangle
Toxic flowers (monkshood, oleander, angel trumpet)
Thin ice
Black ice
Undercurrents
Snow-covered gullies and crevasses
Creatures that mimic their surroundings (stick bugs, the mimic octopus)
Camouflage (hares turning white in winter, chameleons, cuttlefish)
Predators that lure their prey (anglerfish, an alligator snapping turtle)

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