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:
An injured animal
A bird with a broken wing
The old and the sick
Saplings
Seedlings pushing through the soil
Eggs in a nest
Trees bent under the weight of snow or ice
Flies and moths trapped in a spider's web
Open areas devoid of tree cover or shrubs
Butterflies
Spring buds covered in frost
Thin, scrawny animals
Animals during hunting season
Younglings and newborns

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