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:
Crows
Ravens
A jackal
Snakes and serpents
Spiders
Poisons (hemlock, nightshade, etc.)
Wolves
Lightning strikes
Animals that kill for sport rather than need
Foul weather (sea storms, etc.)
Night
Darkness
Thorns
Black cats

IN SOCIETY:
The color black
Inverted crosses
Witchcraft and witches
Voodoo
Pentagrams
Satan
Cloven hoofprints
Demons
Evil spirits
The evil eye
Sin
Hell
The number 666
Ouija boards
Dragons
Werewolves
Vampires
The undead
Swastikas
Slavery
Blood rites and sacrifices
Black magic
Genocide
Cannibalism
Torture
Murder
Crimes against children
Serial killers
Cult leaders

EXAMPLE(S) FROM LITERATURE:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien): Sauron's ring
Lord of the Flies (William Golding): the pig's head
Macbeth (William Shakespeare): the witches
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury): the carnival

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