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:
The seasons
Sunrise and sunset
Changing landscapes during a journey
Bleached bones lying in the sun
Star positions in the night sky
Leaves changing colors
Stages of life in a bird's nest (building the nest, laying eggs, eggs hatching, an empty nest)
Antler growth
A trickling stream that eventually turns to a strong river
Shifting weather (sunny skies turning rainy, light snowfall that becomes a blizzard)
Birth and death
A bloom fading, wilting, and becoming a papery husk
A tree growing from nut to sturdy adulthood
Changing quality of light
Day and night
Animals going into and coming out of hibernations
Population growth
The decline of a species
A flowering plant's stages (growing new leaves, putting on buds, blossoms dropping off, losing deciduous leaves)
A path changing from bare to well-used to overgrown
Phases of the moon
The position of the sun
Tide lines
Temperature changes
Shifting shadows that show the sun's progress across the sky

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