In a narrative, such as a novel or a film, motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes. A narrative or story is a construct created in a suitable format (written spoken poetry prose images song Theater, or Dance) that describes a sequence of The narrative motif is the vehicle of means by which the narrative theme is conveyed.  The motif can be an idea, an object, a place, or a statement. The flute in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a recurrent motif that conveys rural and idyllic notions. Arthur Asher Miller (October 17 1915 &ndash February 10 2005 was an American Playwright and Essayist. Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play by American playwright Arthur Miller and is considered a classic of American theater The green light in The Great Gatsby and the repeated statement, "My father said that the reason for living is getting ready to stay dead," in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying are examples of motifs. The Great Gatsby is a Novel by the American author F Scott Fitzgerald. William Faulkner (born William Cuthbert Falkner) ( September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American Author As I Lay Dying is a Novel written by the American author William Faulkner. A motif can be something that recurs to develop the theme in a novel.
A motif can also be used to connect different scenes or points in time in works such as Slaughter House Five or Fight Club. Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death (1969 by Kurt Vonnegut, is a Post-modern anti-war science-fiction novel Fight Club is a 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk, chronicling the experiences of an anonymous Protagonist who is struggling with a growing discomfort Fight Club contains a number of motifs used to organize the minimalist writing style of Palahniuk such as the rules of fight club. Palahniuk or Palahnyuk (Палагнюк is a Ukrainian surname and may refer to Chuck Palahniuk (born 1962 American satirical
A motif differs from a theme in that a theme is an idea set forth by a text, where a motif is a recurring element which symbolizes that idea. A theme, from Old French tesme, is a broad idea in a story or literary work or a message or lesson conveyed by a written text The motif can also be more like the central idea behind the theme, such as courage or loyalty.
Also known (redundantly) as a recurrent motif, or a motif that is recurrent, in other words a recurring motif, a reoccuring motif, or just a motif.
Some literary theorists believe that the motif is an ineffective descriptor in itself, as the use of a motif or pattern is, if intentional, interwoven in a larger scheme of the work, such as a theme (literature) or in symbolism. A theme, from Old French tesme, is a broad idea in a story or literary work or a message or lesson conveyed by a written text "Symbolic" redirects here For other uses see Symbolism (disambiguation and Symbolic (disambiguation. Those who disapprove of the motif in general use understand its implications throughout analytical reading but require more support to uphold its existence.