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:
Lions
Eagles
A tall pine or spruce tree
A strutting rooster
Peacocks

IN SOCIETY:
A freshly washed or waxed car
Well-groomed and well-dressed children
A manicured lawn
A neat and tidy home
Framed certificates and awards on the wall
Trophies in a glass case
Medals and ribbons
An autograph
Flags
T-shirts bearing team names and slogans
School colors
A nation's birthday or independence day
A mother holding her newborn
A military company
A soldier standing tall at attention
Award ceremonies
Parades
Uniforms
The Statue of Liberty
Tall designer buildings
Athletes
Cheerleaders
Pep rallies
Class rings
Diplomas
College acceptance letters
A corner office
The leading role in a play
Making an athletic team
Status symbols (one's name on a placard, business cards, a student council office, club membership)
The popular clique at school
Parents bragging about a child's accomplishments

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