Motif

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Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 19:30
Motif

Can anybody suggest me the theorists who have given any theory related to motif and also suggest me books to refer.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 15:58
I'm reading slaughterhouse

I'm reading slaughterhouse five at the moment would "so it goes" be an example of motif

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 02:39
people getting their arms cut

people getting their arms cut off in Star Wars is a motif. does that help?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/18/2015 - 20:53
motif

Yes, it does help. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:01
motif

an author's choice of words.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 01:25
It's a diction not a motif

It's a diction not a motif

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 14:10
love

cold-bloodedness

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 05/30/2015 - 00:41
what is love

what is love

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/14/2015 - 01:26
baby don't hurt me

don't hurt me

no more

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 20:08
dun dun dun dun-dun

dun dun dun dun-dun

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:28
cheese

a large bag of Cheetos would cause the elephant to dance the tango

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 19:46
can a rhetorical device be a leitmotif?

can a rhetorical device be a leitmotif, like the establishing a viewpoint and then convincing the reader of the opposite and then doin it again and again as in Rumi's poetry the masnavi)

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/27/2014 - 06:01
So can, for example,

So can, for example, individuality in Doctor Zhivago be a motif? Or does it absolutely have to be something more concrete, such as a candle (not that the candle symbolizes individuality).

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:56
motif

Can you give me some more examples?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 00:24
motifs

in Poe's works

blankness
mental illness
loss of love (especially a woman)

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 02:29
motif

"shaken, not stirred" - James Bond

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:43
The green light in the Great

The green light in the Great Gatsby, if you've ever read it.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 21:35
Or the dagger in Romeo and

Or the dagger in Romeo and Juliet.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:47
Aslan Motif?

So the character Aslan from the Narnia series could be a motif? He is really what brings all of the stories together.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:05
Motif Example

A great example I believe would be the movie
Wreck It Ralph
The young girl who is ostracized and disliked for her "glitch" is actually, as we find out later, the Princess of the game Sugar Rush.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/15/2014 - 02:16
...

That is not a motif. It was a huge surprise upon the end

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:28
A Plot Twist

A Plot Twist

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:44
I finally understand

After all these time wondering what heck a motif is, your example finally made me understood.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:10
Wait, wait, wait...

So, I'm working on The Grapes of Wrath right now. Motif can be the recurring THEME, right? So, an idea repeated constantly and in many, many different ways. The way the title comes from the line that is basically the theme for most of the book... or is that something else entirely? I'm sort of lost on this. I mean, the author (in this case, Steinbeck) uses different literary devices, like imagery and allusions and polysyndetons (see what I did there?) to show the same basic idea.

... I think I just repeated myself. Sorry.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:28
THEME

usually the title is the theme! just re-write it in more general words to fit the whole story and any points you need to support. make sure your theme is a sentence and not a word.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 01:17
can a

can an event that is important in a story be a motif?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 01:07
it depends

if the event (or a similar event) reoccurs throughout the story, or the idea of the event is repeated throughout the story, then it can be described as a motif.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 00:23
question

CAN FREEDOM BE A MOTIF? NORA'S FREEDOM {IBSEN'S 'A DOOL'S HOUSE'} CAN BE CALLED AS A MOTIF?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 17:22
haha no

FREEDOM ISN'T A MOTIF

FREEDOM IS AMERICAN

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:49
The sad truth behind this simple statement

"FREEDOM IS AMERICAN"

This statement must literally be the motto backbone of our country.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 16:11
haha yes

Freedom is a motif
lolll just copying ya

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:26
Thanks

It was helpful.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 03/22/2014 - 14:14
Question

Can motifs be used to foreshadow upcoming events in the story?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 23:19
Fag

Duh!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:17
Motif a recurring idea, objective, concept

Example: a recurring concept is in The Hunger Games trilogy, the mocking jay, representing rebellion and the character Katniss eventually embodies.

In Lord of the Rings, the recurring motif is the ring itself. It's present throughout it all and represents an idea of power corrupts.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 14:05
Thanks!

This really helped me solidify my definition and understanding of motifs.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 23:11
thanks so much, because my

thanks so much, because my English teacher does not know how to explain things right

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 19:09
Motif

so basically this is a term used in literature which menas to repeat something

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 15:30
thank u

thank u

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 00:47
thanks that was helpful

thanks that was helpful

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 01:36
Motif

'Motif' the term itself is a revealing enough entity to show the style of a particular work or an artistic cult sustains through the fabric telling or bringing home to a meaning of the entire work-JOURNEY MOTIF is the chief chosen theme in the novels of Amitav Ghose where "self-exploration via journey(inside or outside of the soul) can be realized on the dais of Motif...NITESH

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 06:39
motif and archetype

Good question.

A motif can be almost anything, a person, an object, a color, a mood that is repeated within a work. Blood could be a motif. or the color blue. Or cowboys. A motif could be used to establish a mood, a theme, or symbolic meaning.

An archetype is usually some kind or form of person that is repeated throughout literature. The handsome prince is a recurring kind of person across stories, so he is an archetype. He represents a certain kind of person, or quality, or element of the human spirit.

So the handsome prince could function as both.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/12/2012 - 04:24
.motif usage

So im guessing that Motifs' also can be used in other forms of literature or writing, like a catch-phrase being said at the end of every other stanza in poetry?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 19:08
Saying a catch phrase at the

Saying a catch phrase at the end of a stanza is more repetition than a motif.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 20:41
Motif V.s. Archetype?

Whats the difference?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 13:30
Motif v.s. Archetype

A Motif is a common trend in a text (as in within that text it comes up often), while an Archetype is a common idea over multiple texts, also and archetype is a very over-used idea, but it can be used to help readers relate to characters in a story.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:12

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