SYMBOLISM AND MOTIF THESAURUS

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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:
Oily, brackish water
Bogs
Stagnant water
Stunted and gnarled trees
A tree with a dead limb
Growths on trees
Yellow-spotted leaves
Mold
Bruised and scarred fruit
Mangy animals
Blow flies
A bird struggling to fly
Black rot in crops, grass, and plants
A plant with curled-up and browning leaves
Healthy-looking fruit that is being eaten by worms on the inside
Slime
Fish and aquatic creatures washed up on a shoreline
Rabid animals (foaming at the mouth, panting, staggering and stumbling)
Weakened animals
Dead animals
Festering sores
A yeasty, decaying smell

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