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Motifs. Things that recur. Motifs take many forms. Image Object Character Situation Theme W ord. What do motifs do?. Motifs may: Amplify the story’s theme. Link characters or events. Foreshadow later events. Propel the plot . Motifs: High and Low. Literary motifs

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motifs

Motifs

Things that recur

motifs take many forms
Motifs take many forms

Image

Object

Character

Situation

Theme

Word

what do motifs do
What do motifs do?
  • Motifs may:
    • Amplify the story’s theme.
    • Link characters or events.
    • Foreshadow later events.
    • Propel the plot.
motifs high and low
Motifs: High and Low
  • Literary motifs
    • Pertain to a single work
    • Component of the “artistry” in serious literature
  • Conventional motifs
    • Common to a “type” of fiction.
    • Frequently overused, cliché
motifs clich s
Motifs = Clichés
  • Motifs also link literature of a particular sub-genre:
    • Mysteries
    • Medical dramas
    • Legal thrillers
    • Romance novels
    • Science fiction
  • Motifs are part of the formula of generic literature.
  • Motifs fulfill readers’ expectations.
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