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:
Lovebirds
Heart-shaped leaves, rocks, clouds, etc.
Animals that mate for life (wolves, prairie voles, beavers, albatrosses, swans)
Mating rituals (chasing, wrestling, head butting)
Grooming (combing, licking, scratching)
Wild cats nuzzling a mate or baby
Lions sharing food with each other
Birds building a nest together
Procreation
Adult dolphins circling their young to keep them safe
Elephants "burying" a corpse by covering it with leaves and branches
Bears teaching offspring to fish
Emperor penguins taking turns caring for their egg
A kangaroo carrying a joey in its pouch

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EXAMPLE(S) FROM FILM:
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