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:
Turning seasons
Sunrise giving way to sunset
Caterpillars and butterflies
Cocoons
Eggs hatching
Tadpoles
Seed pods and seedlings
Melting snow or ice
Birth
Death
Tides
Swans
A snake shedding its skin
Shifting clouds
Chameleons
Insect metamorphosis
Fire
Natural disasters
Climate change
A hare or mink turning from brown to white
Mutations
Evolution

IN SOCIETY:
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EXAMPLE(S) FROM FILM:
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