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 dense thicket of bushes
Tangled vines
An overgrown garden
Ants spilling chaotically out of a mound
Rats fleeing a sinking ship
A writhing nest of snakes
Debris cluttering a forest path
A dam blocking a river
Waves dashing against rocks and sending up spray
Tornadoes
Earthquakes
Unpredictable weather (snow in summer, thunderstorms in winter)
An unseasonable change in temperature
Animals running scared
Illness spreading through a herd or hive
A beehive with no queen
Eclipses turning night to day and vice versa
Raging wildfires
Strong winds

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