Motifs


In literature, a term that denotes the recurrent presence of certain character types, objects, settings, or situations in diverse genres and periods of folklore and literature.  Examples of motifs include swords, money, food, jewels, forests, oceans, castles, dungeons, tests of skill or wisdom, journeys, separations and reunions, chaos brought to order.  Motifs are not restricted to literature.

Some memorable motifs used in literature are the Ring (Lord of the Rings trilogy), mockingjays (The Hunger Games trilogy), miracles (Peace Like a River), games (Ender’s Game), etc.

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