In the Skin of a Lion

2. A motif in English literature is a recurrent image, idea, or theme. An author may use an object, a colour, or an emotion as a motif to enhance the story he is trying to tell. For example, Ondaatje uses moths, explosions, labour, light, and water as rec

1.     A motif in English literature is a recurrent image, idea, or theme. An author may use an object, a colour, or an emotion as a motif to enhance the story he is trying to tell. For example, Ondaatje uses moths, explosions, labour, light, and water as recurring motifs. What do they mean? Choose one of these recurring motifs and analyze how it is used in the novel. Note: A complete answer would identify the motif, quote a few places where it is used in the text, and explain how it enriches the narrative – does it add to the overall theme or mood of the novel?

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