Questions about a motif, i.e. a recurring element, such as a specific phrase or formulation, a character type, a type of incident or a device, which, through repetition, may contribute to a specific literary aspect, such as theme or mood. Motif should not be confused with "theme" (see the tag [theme]), which is a central idea or message that unifies a work of literature. However, the repetition of a motif can contribute to the identification of a theme.

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