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:
Clouds covering the moon
Smoke and fog
Shadows
The Bermuda Triangle
Stonehenge
Will-o'-the-wisps
Bigfoot
Crop circles
The human body
The soul
Animal communication and behavior
The universe
Mirages
Comets and other celestial phenomena
Unidentifiable noises
Dreams
ESP
Metamorphosis (caterpillars turning into butterflies, etc.)

IN SOCIETY:
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EXAMPLE(S) FROM FILM:
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