Symbolism and Motif Thesaurus

Below are samples of our popular Symbolism and Motif Thesaurus. For the completely developed and enhanced thesaurus, please visit One Stop For Writers, where it has a permanent place within our vast Descriptive Thesaurus Database.

What is a Symbolism and Motifs Thesaurus?

Additional entries available at One Stop For Writers: Beginnings, Betrayals, Disorder, Endings, Greed, Inflexibility, Innocence, Journeys, Obstacles, Rebellion, Recognition, Rite of Passage, Stagnation, Vanity

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A.K. Leigh
6 years ago

Brilliant, as always.

Emotion-Charged Settings - Community : Community
6 years ago

[…] Symbols hold power. They can foreshadow what is to come and trigger an emotional reaction from characters. If your hero grew up on his grandparents’ farm, he may feel a surge of lightness at noticing a symbol from that time, like an old tractor tire converted to a flower rockery in someone’s backyard.  Common symbols will also have an emotional effect on your reader. If your character passes a graveyard on the way home from work, it brings about the feeling of death. The reader on some level will be ill at ease and may expect that something bad will happen. (For a list of symbols to use in writing, check out the Symbolism Thesaurus.) […]