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:
Animals cries
Injured birds trying and failing to fly
Fallen nests
Uprooted trees
A debris-strewn beach
The destructive swath of a tornado
Animals with visible sores and wounds
Extreme cold or heat
Droughts and famines
Wildfires
Animals circling dry water holes
Polluted watering holes
The remains of an animal kill
Blood
Sick animals
Fish flopping on dry land
Beached dolphins and whales
Emaciated animals
Animal corpses
A tree split down the middle
A gouge in the earth
Deserts

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