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What is the difference between Motifs and Symbols?

Asked by S. Barnes, Last updated: Nov 15, 2019

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Yash MathersContent Writer, Diploma in Literature, Austin,Texas
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Answered on Nov 08, 2019

Symbols and motifs are concepts that are frequent in literary works. Symbolization is something that is easy to decipher in practice. Within the context of literature, a character inside a novel is compared with something or someone else through symbolism. A symbol is an object or thing used to compare something with another item, even if there is no similarity between the two.

A symbol is not overused, and one sees it is used one or two times only in a literary work. A motif is a repeating concept in a work of literature that supports a theme. A motif is not only a word, and it may even be an image or sound that helps in developing the theme of the work. The symbol is used once or twice, while the motif is repetitive to the reader.

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