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:
Squirrels hoarding nuts
A predator guarding its kill from other animals
Ducks squabbling over thrown bread or crackers
The ocean gobbling up more and more coastline
Weeds choking out neighboring plants
Witchweed, dodder, and other parasitic plants
Strangler figs
Pigs
Fleas and ticks
Tapeworms
Vampire bats
Mosquitoes
Sharks, goats, and other animals with indiscriminate eating habits
Aphids

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