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 flowing river
Animal paths through a forest
Migrating animals
A salmon swimming back to its place of birth
The sun's progress across the sky
Clouds crossing the sky
Life cycles
Changing landscapes (forest giving way to grassland, etc.)
The wind carrying a seed or feather for many miles

IN SOCIETY:
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EXAMPLE(S) FROM FILM:
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