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Every day we interact with objects, places and sensations that affect the way we think and feel. This can be used to the writer's advantage by planting symbols in the reader's path to reinforce a specific message, feeling or idea.
Look at the setting and the character's state of mind, and then think about what you want the reader to see. Is there a descriptive symbol or two that works naturally within the scene to help foreshadow an event or theme, or create insight into the character's emotional plight?
A wolf pack
A herd of cows
Horses grazing together in a pasture
Flocks of birds
Otters frisking in a river
Monkeys grooming one another
Pets playing together
Trees with trunks intertwined
Clusters of flowers
Symbiotic relationships (clown fish/sea anemone, plover/crocodile, bumblebees/flowering plants)
A friendly neighborhood bar or coffee shop
A braid (multiple pieces bound together)
A friendship knot
A yellow rose
Shared jewelry (bracelets, lockets, rings, etc)
Kids on a playground
Cowboys on the range
These are just a few examples of things one might associate with friendship or camaraderie. Some are more powerful than others. A group of animals is a strong symbol, and likely will not require reinforcement. However, cowboys could stand for a number of different things and not foreshadow friendship on its own. Let the story's tone decide if one strong symbol or several smaller ones work the best.