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:
Seasonal cycles
The cycle of life and death
The North Star
The sun's daily rising and setting
Phases of the moon
Constellations
Planetary alignment
Bird and animal migrations
Baby ducks following their mother
Zebras walking in single file
The food chain
Anthills
Beehives
The tides
The water cycle
Day and night
Physical laws (gravity, Newton's three laws of motion, thermodynamics, etc.)
Water flowing downhill

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