Have you attended a wedding before? If yes, you’ve got the idea of what this article is all about!

The term “motif” is commonly used when a wedding event is upcoming, right? In fact, a motif is not a theme, but both of them are linked to each other. Motif helps develop the theme. It could be in action, color, image, or tone/sound. It is repeated throughout the entire literary piece. But, do not mistakenly identify motifs as symbols or themes or plots. In a film or a book, symbols can just be seen or read in just a portion. It is like a clue. Also, the motif and theme are different. The theme is the whole idea of a particular piece, the entirety. Lastly, it is definitely not a plot. The plot refers to the main events of a story or play.

However, a motif is like steps in a story or literary work to know the main point. It leaves breadcrumbs on every corner. It helps the flow of the narration of the story. Motif occurs again and again throughout the piece. One great example is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The major theme of the book is corruption. The motifs revolving in the piece are wealth, finance, and infidelity. Another example is Macbeth. A few of the motifs in the play are light and darkness. According to Reedsy Ltd. (2019), these are a few examples of motifs taken from famous literary pieces:

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Motifs: Light and dark (the battle of good versus evil), song and singing (friendship and unity)

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Motifs: Fire (connection to technology and civilization), religious allegory (moral truth)

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Motifs: Ears (the unreliability of truth), birth and death (ephemerality of existence)

Every literary piece is unique, therefore, every author has their own brilliant way on how he/she will deliver the detail of a book, film, or play to make it more interesting! Motifs can make the piece more creative as well. It interests the audience, readers, and viewers to dig deeper and search for the unknown. It can also develop one’s analytical skills.

All the books you’ve read and films you’ve watched have their motifs. Today, I challenge you to read your favorite book or watch your favorite movie again and list the motifs from it. You will surely have fun and learn!

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Gabrielle Love Acero

Gabrielle Love Acero loves to write in any form since she was still a little girl. Her writing skills were enhanced through reading books, articles, and informative materials such as Reader’s Digest. They are also her hobbies. She began her blog site at the age of 11. She wrote her experiences in life. With her experiences, she became a scriptwriter during her High School years. One of her movies that she directed and produced won 2nd place against 7 high school institutions (public and private) in the city where she is living. The interschool competition was hosted by Commission on Population (PopCom) – Region X. She puts effort into doing these things because it is her passion. She is one of the top of the class during her Elementary and High School years. She graduated as the Class Valedictorian in Junior High School. At the age of 9, Gabrielle Love Acero started participating and engaging in voluntary activities, especially at church. She entered the kids’ choir and joined “Sidewalk Saturday School (SSS)” as a volunteer. She taught indigenous children about God and His love for them in a certain area, including skit-playing and Bible-reading. With those experiences, she continued being a volunteer at heart until the present day. At the age of 13, she became a Worship leader in the church where she is currently attending since 2007. Her dedication, commitment, and love for God and His people made her become one of the assets of the church. She is one of the youth leaders. Gabrielle Love Acero is currently a junior student of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Medical Biology at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, where she continues to work towards her dream of becoming a doctor in the near future. She is also involved in extracurricular organizations. She is currently the President of Xavier University Red Cross Youth (XU – RCY), where she plans, organizes, and implements humanitarian activities for the community with her team. Also, she is a 1st class Cadet Officer at Xavier University Philippine Air Force - Reserve Officer Training Corps (XU PAF ROTC), where she teaches basic military trainings based on her military training experiences. Also, she implies military leadership to her lower classes. Not despising her Biology degree, she put her efforts into her studies and get involved in Biophilic (Biology) Society activities with her colleagues. Many people are awed by her experiences and involvements, especially her time management skills, but with humility, she believes that her life is not her own, but with a purpose. Gabrielle Love Acero hopes to learn more about life and the field she is currently in. She is goal-oriented and exemplifies excellence in everything she does, not because of herself, but because of the greater One living inside her.