Motifs are a new focus area for us during the second half of the year. A motif is a repeated word or image that often points toward symbol, subject or theme. For example, in F451, some motifs include: fire, water, light, birds, the mechanical hound, seeing/eyes, hands…(there are lots more).
- Identify a motif and track it throughout the entire text. By “track,” I mean, write down the page number and the context in which the word, phrase or image occurs.
- Write 2-3 paragraphs about what makes the motif significant, useful or how it contributes to the meaning of the work. Focus on what the author is using the motif to say or address, the themes the motif helps readers to access, and/or the symbolic value of the motif in the text.