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, establish mood, and even generate conflict. In this way, you’ll be able to do more with less.
IN NATURE:
A tree barren of leaves
An empty field
Empty nests
A plant that doesn't produce fruit
The aftermath of a forest fire
Night
Winter
Frigid winds
Drought
Uprooted or fallen trees
Animal skeletons or scattered bones
An animal corpse
Dried-up waterways
Dandelion seed heads with no fluff
Flood destruction
Grieving animals (elephants covering the dead, cubs refusing to leave a fallen mother)
A sheared-off cliff face
Holes

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